Boston (33-24) at San Francisco (35-24)
When: Tuesday, June 7th 2016
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Time: 10:15 ET | TV: MLB Network
The San Francisco Giants return home from a long road trip to battle the Boston Red Sox in a two-game Interleague series. The Giants dropped the last two games in St. Louis after getting out to early leads in both. They finished the 10-game road swing with a 5-5 record and still hold a 3.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the N.L. West. Leadoff hitter Denard Span collected four hits, two RBIs and two runs scored in the three-game series versus St. Louis and is 11-for-29 (.379) versus Tuesday starter Rick Porcello. Giants C Buster Posey is just 2-for-23 with five strikeouts in his last six games. The Red Sox will bring their number one offense into this two-game contest and start the night a half game behind the Orioles in the A.L. East. Boston is tops in batting average (.293), OPS (.847), and runs scored (5.89). The Red Sox dropped two of three over the weekend at home to Toronto and have lost four of five overall. David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia are both riding 13-game hitting streaks, but a sore left foot and no designated-hitter might cause Ortiz to miss tonight’s contest. Pedroia is 10-for-26 (.385) with one homer and six RBIs in his seven career games against San Francisco.
Pitchers: Red Sox – Rick Porcello (7-2, 4.00 ERA) | Giants – Albert Suarez (1-1, 3.18)
Porcello comes in with a 7-2 record, but he has not pitched well of late allowing three or more earned runs in five of his last six starts. He allowed three homers and five runs total in six innings of a no-decision versus Baltimore on Thursday. Porcello looks to get back on track versus San Francisco, against which he was hit for six runs on 10 hits in three innings in his last matchup with them.
Albert Suarez made his first career start last time filling in for the injured Matt Cain (hamstring). Suarez settled for a no-decision against Atlanta after allowing three runs on as many hits in five innings. The rookie had worked five games out of the bullpen before his start in Atlanta. Suarez has yet to permit a homer in 17 innings this season and has not allowed a run in seven innings at home.
The Red Sox should be able to hit Suarez tonight and the same can be said for the Giants against a struggling Porcello. Look for a lot of offense tonight and take the over.
Pick: Over 8 -115