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(89-64) Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays (65-87)
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 3:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Projected Pitchers: Rick Porcello vs Matt Andriese
MLB Moneyline Odds: Sox -158
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8
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Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox are the toast of the AL East, currently sitting atop of the division with a 5.5 game lead over the second place Toronto Blue Jays.
The Sox boast one of the deepest lineups in all of baseball and have scored the most runs of any team in the MLB this year at a mark of 850.
The lineup features star veterans such as Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez and David Ortiz, who is in his final tour of duty but not showing any signs of aging at 39 years old.
Ortiz leads the team with 36 homers and 122 RBI, to supplement his .318 average which is good for 2nd on the team (along with Mookie Betts) behind the aforementioned Pedroia.
Rick Porcello will take to the hill and has an astounding 21-4 record on the year, leading all pitchers in wins.
Porcello is certainly a contender for the AL Cy Young this year, which is surpising only because entering the year most would bet if a Red Sox pitcher would garner the attention, it would be the off-season acquisition, David Price.
On the year, Porcello owns a 3.08 record and a 0.98 WHIP with 174 strikeouts.
Tampa Bay Rays
While the team in the opposing dugout is the class of the American League East, the Rays sit firmly at the bottom of the division.
The frugal Rays have never been a team to spend anywhere near the amount of the big market teams, but have generally had good success with drafting and developing and fielding a competitive team.
This year can be chalked up as a lost season however, and it appears they will need to add to their prospect pool to seriously contend in coming years.
Matt Andriese has put together a season much like his limited action in his first season a year ago.
His ERA currently sits 30 points higher than 2015’s at 4.41, though Tampa Bay has not produced as good of a season on the field and may be contributing to that.
Andriese has tallied a 1.23 WHIP and 98 strikouts with an 8-7 record across his 17 starts and 27 appearances, for a total of 116.1 innings.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- The Red Sox currently have the 5th highest winning percentage in the MLB at .582
- Boston is 43-32 on the road.
- The Sox have won 8 straight games.
- Tampa Bay is 36-42 at home.
- The Rays are 5-5 over their last 10 games.
Free Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
Boston has the best pitcher chucking in this game and a much superior offense than Tampa Bay’s.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Boston -1.5
While the Rays have received decent pitching from Andriese this season, he’s not overpowering and Boston’s hitters can find ways to score in all types of ways. Look for a decent run spread.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Boston-7 Tampa Bay-4
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