Boston Red Sox vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 5-26-2023

Boston Red Sox (26-24) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (29-21)

The Major League Baseball betting action goes on Friday, May 26, 2023, with a full 15-game card, so we are breaking down the interleague showdown from Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, to get you the best Red Sox vs. Diamondbacks betting pick and odds.   

Boston and Arizona lock horns for the first time since 2019, opening a three-game series. The Red Sox have won 11 of their previous 14 encounters with the Diamondbacks. 

The Boston Red Sox fell to 26-24 on the season following Wednesday’s 7-3 defeat at the Los Angeles Angels. They were swept by the Halos in a three-game set at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, extending their losing streak to four games. The Red Sox have struggled over the last few weeks, dropping eight of their previous 12 games overall. 

Boston owns the fourth-highest scoring offense in the majors, tallying 5.24 runs per game. However, the Sawx have only scored 46 runs in their last 12 contests while slashing a mediocre .241/.307/.382 with ten home runs and 25 extra-base hits across 398 at-bats. Rafael Devers has recorded a poor .688 OPS during that 12-game stretch, whereas Masataka Yoshida continues to impress, hitting .302/.362/.442 in his last 43 at-bats. 

Chris Sale is projected to take the hill Friday, and the 34-year-old left-hander is 4-2 with a 5.01 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 62/13 K/BB ratio in nine starts (50.1 innings pitched) this season. After a slow start to the season, Sale has improved a lot lately. The seven-time All-Star has only allowed seven runs on 16 hits and three walks over his previous four starts and 27.1 innings of work while punching out 32. Sale is now in the 79th percentile in expected batting average and the 62nd percentile in xERA

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