Cardinals vs Red Sox Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for May 14 (Offense Reigns Supreme at Fenway Park)
By Larry Rupp
The St. Louis Cardinals (15-25) will aim to climb closer to the .500 mark when they visit the Boston Red Sox (22-18) in the final matchup of their three-game series on Sunday, May 14.
Cardinals vs Red Sox Game Info
- Date: Sunday, May 14, 2023
- Time: 7:10 p.m. ET
- Venue: Fenway Park -- Boston, MA
- Coverage: ESPN
The Cardinals have had far from a great start to the season, but they have emerged victorious by scores of 8-6 and 4-3 in the first two games of this series. Boston closer Kenley Jansen blew a save on Saturday as Boston shortstop Enrique Hernandez's throwing error gave up the lead for good.
Cardinals vs Red Sox Odds & Spread
- All MLB betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: STL: (-124) | BOS: (+106)
- Spread: STL: -1.5 (+126) | BOS: +1.5 (-152)
- Total: 10 -- Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)
The Cardinals enter this contest as slight road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 10 runs with the over favored at -115 odds.
Cardinals vs Red Sox Betting Trends
- St. Louis is 4-1 straight up in its last five away games.
- The total has hit the over in eight of St. Louis' last 10 games.
- Boston is 10-5 straight up in its last 15 games againt St. Louis.
- The total has hit the over in five of its last six home games.
Cardinals vs Red Sox Prediction & Pick
This game may not seem crucial given the 2023 season isn't even two months olds yet, but St. Louis is still 10 games under .500 and Boston is in last place in the AL East despite being four games over .500. Any win these teams can get is going to be valuable as they look to stay in playoff contention.
There is no true pitching advantage on Sunday as both Miles Mikolas (5.40 ERA & 1.66 WHIP) and Corey Kluber (6.29 ERA & 2-4 record) have struggled to start the year. St. Louis and Boston have each posted a bullpen ERA of 3.79 as well, driving home the point that offense will win decide this contest.
I'll side with Boston here considering it ranks third in hits per game (9.25), third in on-base percentage (.340) and third in runs per game (5.63). The Red Sox also rank second with 109 hits with runners in scoring position, while the Cardinals rank tied for 13th with 85. I like the home team to sneak by.
Final Score Prediction: Cardinals: 5 | Red Sox: 6
Cardinals vs Red Sox Best Bet
As mentioned above, neither one of these starting pitchers has proven capable of shutting down opposing lineups this season. Mikolas has given up at least 3 earned runs in five of his eight starts, while Kluber has allowed at least 3 earned runs in five of his seven starts. These offenses are also combining for 5.71 runs in the first five innings this year. Back a high-scoring game to break out.
Bet: First 5 Innings Over 5.5 Total Runs (-120)
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