7:05 pm
June 16

Red Sox @ Braves

Who will WIN this matchup?

Boston Red Sox (41-27)

@ Atlanta Braves (30-34)


Starting Pitchers:

Richards (BOS): 4-4; 4.09 ERA

Anderson (ATL) 4-3; 3.26 ERA


Current odds:

Boston Red Sox: (+135)

Atlanta Braves: (-145)


Garrett Richards will attempt to stabilize the rotation of the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday when he faces the Braves in the finale of a two-game set in Atlanta. Red Sox starters have thrown fewer than five innings in five of their last nine games. Prior to that, the team’s starters had worked at least five innings in 35 of their previous 38 contests.

Richards (4-4, 4.09 ERA) will face Atlanta’s Ian Anderson (4-3, 3.26) in the final meeting between the two clubs this season. Boston has won two of three previous meetings. Richards did not factor into the decision against Toronto in his last start on Friday. He allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings and gave up a season-high 11 hits. Richards has been consistent, going at least five innings in each of his last nine starts, his longest streak since doing so in a career-high 27 consecutive outings over the 2015-16 seasons. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in five of his last six starts and has a 3.36 ERA in his last nine starts.

Anderson had a nice bounce-back start last Thursday at Philadelphia. He threw seven scoreless innings against the Phillies after recording consecutive starts that saw him allow four runs and fail to pitch past the fifth in both. Anderson defeated Boston last season in his lone career meeting with the club. He allowed two runs in six innings while striking out eight.

Atlanta right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. showed no problems Tuesday with the right pectoral tightness that forced him to leave Sunday’s game. Acuna had two hits, including a double, and stole a base. He has reached base safely in 23 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors. His next home run will be the 100th of his career.

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Atlanta Braves