May-day: Red Sox's skid erasing April's profits

The Boston Red Sox’s recent skid has not only cost the team its spot atop the American League East but has also erased more than five units for BoSox bettors since the beginning of May.

Boston entered May with an 18-8 record and was up +8.75 units – most in the majors. After taking two games against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Red Sox were swept in a three-game road series with the Texas Rangers and lost three of four at home to the Minnesota Twins, tying them for second place with the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East.

Those losses have shrunk the team’s earnings to +3.69 units heading into Friday’s series opener with the Blue Jays. Oddsmakers sent out a suggested price of Boston -220 with left-hander Jon Lester on the mound for Game 1 at Fenway Park.

Pitching is the biggest culprit for Boston’s bankroll-burning ways. The Red Sox boasted a collective 3.58 ERA in April – fourth lowest in the AL. In May, however, that number has swollen to 4.69. Opponents were hitting just .224 off the BoSox arms in April, but are now swatting .283 in the first nine games this month.

Not all the blame can be put on the Red Sox’s staff though. Fielding errors have led to plenty of unearned runs allowed during this slide. They posted two errors in Thursday’s 5-3 loss to the Twins and have committed 11 errors in the past seven games. Boston totalled only 11 errors in the first 28 games of the schedule.

“We’ve got to take care of the ball. That’s a big part of winning ballgames, pitching and defense,” Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia told the Boston Globe.

As for the teams leaping over Boston in the division standings, the New York Yankees have won six of their last 10 to improve to 20-13 for +6.38 units. The Orioles, who are locked with the Red Sox at 21-14, have earned +7.54 units – most in the American League heading into Friday.

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