Thursday, May 20, 2010

MLB Betting: BoSox placed Josh Beckett On DL

It looks like Boston Red Sox skipper Terry Francona was stretching the truth when he said that starting pitcher Josh Beckett wasn’t suffering from a major injury last week.

The Red Sox have placed Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain and he could be out of the lineup until June 3.

Beckett missed a scheduled start last week against the Detroit Tigers and at the time, Francona said that his pitcher was merely suffering from back spasms.

Tim Wakefield will take Beckett’s spot in the rotation and will take the mound when the BoSox play Game 3 of their upcoming interleague series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

“I think we all, as we talked through it, we realized that that was certainly the safest thing to do,” Francona told MLB.com.

“You don’t have a crystal ball, and since you don’t, if you’re going to make a mistake, or you’re going to err, you better err on the side of caution.”

Back to the present, the Red Sox will host the Minnesota Twins tonight with Boston listed as a -135 home fave and Minnesota listed as a +115 road ‘dog — the Total is set at 8.5.

In the Boston Red Sox’s last nine home games against the Twins, they are 8-1 straight up and are currently on a six-game home winning streak vs. the Twinkies.

Jon Lester takes the mound and in his last 20 home starts Boston has gone 14-6 SU.

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