Boston Red Sox Enrique Hernandez, right, celebrates with teammates after hitting a sacrifice fly ball to score Danny Santana to beat the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth inning during Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-5. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
- The Red Sox eliminated the Rays on Monday night, which has caused their World Series odds to improve immensely
- Boston has gone from +950 to +380
- Are they a worthy bet to win the Fall Classic? Read on for the odds and analysis
The Red Sox have officially eliminated the best team in the American League. Kike Hernández’s walk-off sacrifice fly on Monday night gave Boston a huge 6-5 victory in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rays. They now await their opponent in the ALCS, which will be the Houston Astros or Chicago White Sox.
As a result, the Red Sox’ World Series odds have improved from +950 on October 8th to +380 currently.
World Series Odds
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+240|
|Boston Red Sox||+380|
|San Francisco Giants||+650|
|Chicago White Sox||+1400|
Odds as of October 11th at DraftKings.
Can Anyone Stop Boston’s Bats?
The Red Sox offense absolutely erupted against a young Rays rotation in this series. In four games, Boston hit an impressive .341 with a total of 56 hits. On top of that, Alex Cora’s squad scored 24 runs in the last three contests of the ALDS. No matter whom Tampa put on the mound, the Red Sox lit them up. Shane McClanahan did really well in the series opener in the only game Boston struggled at the plate, but he was hit around in Game 4, with the Red Sox scoring five runs off the hard-throwing lefty.
— MLB (@MLB) October 12, 2021
This lineup is extremely dangerous right now. Even though the Rays put a few rookies on the mound against them, it’s impossible to ignore how well they’re swinging it. Kike Hernandez and JD Martinez are both hitting over .400, while Xander Bogaerts, Alex Verdugo, and Rafael Devers are batting over .300 as well. In a nutshell, their best players are locked in.
Kiké Hernández was UNBELIEVABLE over the last 3 games:
• .563 AVG
• 2 HRs
• 6 RBIs
• Walk-off sacrifice fly in Game 4
Put the Red Sox on his back 🙌 pic.twitter.com/ucJ01osONx
— Guy Boston Sports (@GuyBostonSports) October 12, 2021
They say hitting is contagious and every single player on the Red Sox is building off each other and raking. The only problem is that Boston will have to wait a few days at the very least before starting the ALCS and maybe even longer if the Astros and White Sox go the distance. The question is, will the bats stay hot? That will need to be answered.
Red Sox Need Sale to Step up
Tampa wasn’t exactly great offensively in the division series, but Boston’s pitching held their own. Eduardo Rodriguez bounced back in Game 4 with a tremendous outing after lasting only an inning in Game 1. The southpaw tossed five frames, allowing only two runs and three hits.
Nathan Eovaldi was solid in Game 3 and is undoubtedly the ace of the staff right now. Nick Pivetta, who was a starter during the regular season, was fantastic in relief and turned in a historic performance in extra innings in Game 3, giving up only three hits across four shutout innings. In a seven-game series, though, Pivetta will likely be in the rotation.
Nick Pivetta was ELECTRIC. pic.twitter.com/oLb8ox9lnL
— Red Sox (@RedSox) October 11, 2021
However, if Boston is going to actually make a run at the World Series, Chris Sale needs to turn things around. He’s been atrocious in the postseason, compiling a career 7.27 ERA in eight appearances. He was chased after one inning in Game 2 after surrendering five earned runs. He’ll probably get the ball in the series opener of the ALCS and it’s crucial that Sale figures it out and pitches like the seven-time All-Star he is.
Well, Chris Sale didn’t last very long in Game 2. 😳 pic.twitter.com/ViuTZrbV5v
— theScore (@theScore) October 8, 2021
The movement of the Red Sox’ World Series odds is certainly intriguing and, given how scorching hot they are, their confidence will continue to be sky-high, no matter the opposition.
Quinn Allen is a sports journalist, with a background and education in broadcast journalism (BCIT ’17). He writes about European Football, Basketball, and Baseball for numerous sites across the globe.