The regular season will resume on Friday. For the Boston Red Sox, that means trying to get back to their winning ways. The team had been successful in numerous outings in the games leading up to the All-Star break.

On July 14th, the Red Sox will be on the road against the Chicago Cubs. The Red Sox are 48-43 while Chicago is a leaner 42-47. Furthermore, the Cubs have not managed a winning record at home this season. They are 21-22 when hosting while Boston is 22-21 as visitors.

You could take a poke at Boston’s moneyline at -120. However, if you did then it would be in the belief that their streak of wins is relevant. On that matter, teams often see a reversal of fortunes after the All-Star break. It might be better to focus on a win-independent betting line instead.

Red Sox vs Cubs: Total Runs at 9.0

Bettors should focus on the UNDER for this game for total runs, which has been set at 9.0. With the teams coming back from break, the pitching arms should be well rested. Kenley Jansen appeared in the All-Star game but the BoSox reliever had just three pitches in the outing. Justin Steele of Chicago appeared in the All-Star game too but a ten-pitch outing won’t be slowing him down.

In a pitching match-up on Friday involving Brayan Bello and Kyle Hendricks, each team is sending a decent ERA to the mound. When it comes to relief pitching, you have to think that the days off will help pitchers more than hitters. The former is more affected by fatigue as the strain on pitching arms is significant.

The UNDER side is available at +100 with bet365. That will be our recommendation for this game, one that starts at 8:05 PM ET.

Further reading: Our Vermont Betting Guide