Sports gambling odds handicappers saw the Red Sox pitching staff implode during the second half of the 2009 sports gambling season but Boston looks re-armed for 2010. The Red Sox will again be one of the preseason favorites with the 2010 sports gambling odds to make the playoffs and contend with the New York Yankees in the American League East Division race.
It will be a new look Boston team for the 2010 sports gambling season as they will have five new starters in the lineup and have vowed to return to the sports betting basics of playing good defense and having solid pitching.
The Red Sox finished 3rd overall for run production with the sports gambling odds for 2009 but their pitching staff was a dismal 15th overall in the majors for earned run average. Boston finished with an overall record of 95-67 straight up with the sports gambling odds.
While most teams would love to have that record it was, by all accounts, a disappointing season for the Red Sox and their backers with the sports gambling odds. Josh Beckett will enter the 2010 season as the number one starter in the rotation with the sports gambling odds.
Beckett was 17-6 last year with the sports gambling odds and had a 3.86 earned run average. Left hander Jon Lester is second in the Boston rotation. He had a mark of 15-8 with the sports gambling odds last year and a 3.41 earned run average. Right hander John Lackey was the Red Sox most impressive off season acquisition.
Lackey arrived from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim where he went 11-8 last year with a 3.83 earned run average. Lackey figures to be third in the Boston rotation. Daisuke Matsuzaka is fourth in the rotation for Boston and is looking to improve after a poor 2009 season in which he went 4-6 with a 5.76 earned run average.
The fifth starter is Clay Buchholz who was 7-4 last year with a 4.21 earned run average. Closer Jonathan Papelbon had 38 saves last year with a 1.85 earned run average with just 3 blown saves.