MLB Betting: Red Sox in action at Dodger Stadium
In a potential preview of this fall's World Series the Boston Red Sox will continue their west-coast interleague swing this weekend as they open up a marquee three-game MLB betting series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
Both clubs are sitting near the top of the current World Series futures at the online sportsbooks, with Los Angeles sitting comfortably atop the NL West standings and Boston battling with the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East.
The Red Sox and Dodgers haven't met on the diamond since back in 2010, when Boston swept Los Angeles in three games at Fenway Park to pay out on the MLB betting lines at the sportsbooks for their supporters.
First pitch for Friday night's contest is set for 10:10pm ET, with Saturday's game getting underway at 4:05pm ET, and the series finale then the week's Sunday Night Baseball contest.
And while the Red Sox are at Dodger Stadium this weekend the Rays will be home playing host to the New York Yankees in an MLB betting series that also gets underway on Friday night.
Tampa Bay and New York have already met 13 times this season, with the Rays holding the slight edge at 7-6 in those contests. Totals bettors have watched the OVER/UNDER go 6-6-1 in Yankees vs. Rays matchups so far this season.
Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles will move on from their early-week series against the Rays with three games at home against the Oakland Athletics this weekend. The Orioles and Athletics met four times in Oakland back in late April, with Baltimore winning three of those four contests. As well, three of those four games turned out to be OVER results.
After facing the A's this weekend the Orioles will be at Fenway Park next week in a three-game series that gets underway on Tuesday night. Baltimore has had the edge in its games against Boston this season, going 6-4 in 10 matchups.
Other notable MLB series on tap this weekend include Atlanta at St. Louis and Washington at Kansas City, while early next week we also get Cincinnati at St. Louis, the Yankees at Toronto, Cleveland at Atlanta, and Oakland at Detroit.
The Athletics hosted the Tigers for three games back in the middle of April, with Detroit scoring 20 runs in those three contests en route to a 2-1 record. Overall Oakland is just 4-6 in its past 10 games against Detroit dating back to last season, with the OVER/UNDER going 5-4-1 in those matchups.