The New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox will meet on Friday evening. The game opens a three-game series between the two teams, one that the Red Sox will host. These teams are both trying to make a push for a playoff spot in their respective leagues. The Mets vs Red Sox game will start at 7:10 PM ET on Friday evening. We’re thinking that the OVER/UNDER for total runs should be the focus of this game for bettors.

Mets vs Red Sox – Pitching Matchup

The pitching matchup for the game will feature Kodai Senga of the New York Mets against Kutter Crawford of the Boston Red Sox. What could be noted with these two starters is that each starting pitcher gets a lot of strikeouts. Senga has 122 in 95.2 innings pitched this season. He is third in the National League for strikeouts per nine innings. Crawford, meanwhile, has 67 strikeouts in 67.1 innings pitched, so almost a strikeout per inning.

Importantly, strikeouts for a pitcher are very good defensively. They are better than flyouts or groundouts because they prevent the opposing baserunners from advancing on an out. Furthermore, they prevented unearned runs due to fielding errors. That there are two starting pitchers in this game that get their share of whiffs implies that run scoring will be at a premium in the early parts of this game. Furthermore, Senga has an ERA of 3.20 while his opponent is at 3.74 on the season.

Mets vs Red Sox: total runs

The total runs for the game are set at 9.5 with Unibet. At first glance, that is looking like it is toward the high side a little.

Boston is entering the game after a day’s rest. They were idle on Thursday, meaning that their relief pitchers should generally be in very good shape. You could picture the Boston defense having a really good game here. Not only do they have a starting pitcher with good stats but Boston’s coaching will have plenty of good arms at or near 100% for any key moments later in the game.

Also, if you look at the New York Mets, they’ve been involved in a lot of low-scoring games lately. Only one game of the six they’ve played since the All-Star break has gone OVER 9.5 runs. This looks like a game for bettors looking at total runs our recommendation is going to be on the UNDER.

Mets vs Red Sox betting tip

  • UNDER 9.5 total runs at -110 with Unibet sportsbook.