Cardinals vs. Red Sox Prediction and Odds for Saturday, June 18 (Boston Set to Stay Hot)

Jun 10, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) hits a
Jun 10, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) hits a / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday night gives us a weekly Major League Baseball game on Fox for the national audience and we are in for a good one this week.

The Boston Red Sox play host to the St. Louis Cardinals with a ton of power in each lineup. Rafael Devers and Paul Goldschmidt headline each respective team, both in the thick of the AL and NL MVP race.

Who has the edge on Saturday night? Let's dive into the odds from WynnBET Sportsbook and find the best bet:

Cardinals vs. Red Sox Odds, Run Line, Total

Run Line:

  • Cardinals: +1.5 (-190)
  • Red Sox: -1.5 (+155)


  • Cardinals: +105
  • Red Sox: -115

Total: 10 (Over -115/Under -105)

Cardinals vs. Red Sox Prediction and Pick

Oddsmakers are expecting a high scoring matchup in this one with a double digit total, but I'm thinking that one offense is going to reign supreme on Saturday night, and that's the Red Sox.

The two starting pitchers are a pair trending in opposite directions. We'll start with Boston's Kutter Crawford. It's an incredibly small sample size in his full first big league season that consists of one start and nine appearances, but Crawford's 5.74 ERA is a bit misleading. He has a FIP that is at 4.41and has been able to strikeout a ton of batters already, north of 12 per 9 innings.

Again, it's a small sample, but Crawford's underlying metrics suggest he'll improve with more innings. The same can't be said for Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson, who has a FIP nearly one run higher than his ERA, indicating that he may be benefitting from some help in the field (to be fair the Cards have one of the best defenses in baseball), but he is striking out less than five batters per 9.

With dwindling strikeout marks, the Red Sox top 10 offense in the month of June can get to him faster and chase him in front of the home crowd.

Boston should be closer to -135, even with an unproven commodity in Crawford on the mound, I'll lay it with the small home favorite.

LEAN: Red Sox -115

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