After a few years lost in baseball limbo, the Boston Red Sox appear ready to return to their usual place among the contenders in the American League East Division. Veteran baseball man Dave Dombrowski, the same fellow who took the Detroit Tigers from an American League-record 119 losses in 2003 to a World Series appearance in 2006, was brought on board as president of baseball operations to sort out the club’s recent mess. It certainly appears that the move resonated immediately with the baseball betting public.
The Red Sox were established in many sports books as favorite to win the American League East in 2016 in most futures markets and after the Kansas City Royals, made the second choice to represent the American League in the 2016 World Series.
Boston Red Sox Betting Lines Today
The team of Ted Williams, Carlton Fisk and Carl Yastrzemski hit some hard times recently, but by comparision to the previous skid of the Red Sox, maybe it wasn’t all that bad.
Falling to the basement after winning World Series titles in 2004, 2007 and 2013 might not seem so painful to Red Sox fans when you consider that prior to their 2004 triumph, Boston’s previous World Series win came in 1918.
Always a tough team to beat at home, the Red Sox made some significant off-season additions in the winter of 2016 and once again look to be back on track to their normal status as one of the teams to beat in the American League East.
Boston Red Sox Scores & Schedule
The Boston Red Sox scores and upcoming schedule are right here and it is essential that you stay on top of both of these categories before making any wagers on games involving the Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox Standings Right Now
Here is where you will find the up to date Boston Red Sox standings, and after successive seasons of last place finishes in 2014 and 2015, the Red Sox should resume their place among the leaders in the American League East.
How To Win At Boston Red Sox Betting
The Red Sox are among baseball’s best home teams, so bet against Boston when the Red Sox are playing at Fenway Park at your own peril. With its towering Green Monster in left field, Fenway is a graveyard for left-handed pitchers, so watch for upcoming Red Sox home games when they are facing a southpaw starter.
The over is always a good bet on games at Fenway Park, where pitcher’s duels are as rare as New York Yankees fans in Boston.
Playing in ancient Fenway Park gives the Red Sox a huge home-field advantage, more so than any other American League team.
With its odd dimensions and various nooks and crannys in the outfiield wall, not to mention the world-famous Green Monster in left field, Fenway Park can be an intimidating place for a first-time visitor, especially a left-handed pitcher who must feel the shadow that the Green Monster casts over the mound as it stands more than 37 feet tall and just about 310 feet away from home plate.
Taking advantage of what their home, Fenway Park, baseball’s tiniest stadium, has to offer, the Red Sox have annually operated among the game’s highest scoring teams. With so little area for batted balls to land, the Red Sox train their players from the moment they arrive in the franchise’s development system to sacrifice strikeouts to produce more power and bases on balls.
At a time when many teams who were originally skeptical about the process are finally embracing sabermetrics, the Red Sox are opting to back off on the practice of relying heavily on analytics in their decision making process.
Team owner John Henry announced the change in plans at the start of spring training in 2016, insisting it had to do with the fact the club had finished in last place in three of the previous four seasons, though it’s well known that new president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is not one to embrace sabermetrics.
There’s no doubt that the Boston Red Sox will score runs. They were fourth in all of the American League in runs during 2015. There’s also no doubt that the Red Sox will surrender runs, finishing 13th in the American League in WHIP during 2015.
What does it all mean? Well, when betting on the Red Sox, there are four words that you should live by – always bet the over.