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2019 MLB Season
(80-72) Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Friday September 20, 2019
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburgh Florida
Projected Pitchers: Rays: Charlie Morton / Red Sox: Rick Porcello
MLB Moneyline Odds: Red Sox +160 | Rays -182
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
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Boston Red Sox
After rising above a crowded MLB field last October to claim World Series dominance, the Boston Red Sox showed promising flashes this season, but couldn’t find their stride.
Virtually eliminated from 2019 postseason play, Boston has several issues to address when free-agency begins. And retooling an underachieving pitching staff, marked by middle-relief inconsistency will head that list.
Though tonight, a lame-duck champion, the Red Sox set their sights on blocking Tampa Bay’s playoff road.
Serving as a microcosm for his franchises’ current state, Rick Porcello (13-12, 5.77 ERA) has receded following elite 2018 success. The former Cy Young winner is roughing it of late after allowing 14 runs over his last 14 worked innings.
Further, Porcello is 0-2 this season vs. Tampa Bay. The Rays gained six runs through five innings July 31 while chasing Porcello.
Tampa Bay Rays
Having crossed the 90-win plateau, Tampa Bay still needs skill, and perhaps a little luck, to maintain their half-game wildcard lead as nine regular season contests remain.
With Boston and NYY occupying the Rays’ next six outings, Cleveland is a half-game behind Tampa for the final AL playoff slot. The Indians face stiff NL competition to close 2019, but hold an advantage over the Rays’ remaining calendar. Cliche, but true, every outing is must-win for Tampa Bay heading into October.
Carrying that burden, the Rays are 4-3 since a September 11 loss vs. Texas. Though, Tampa Bay rallied late Wednesday to upend NL powerhouse LAD 8-7. The Rays have won four-straight vs. Boston.
Two-time All Star Charlie Morton’s winding 12-year MLB journey is currently enjoying an Indian summer as the 35-year-old hurler is having a fine season.
Morton’s (15-6, 3.16 ERA) found 30 wins over his last 39 decisions while helping Tampa Bay outpace Boston during his last three outings vs. the Sox.
Unflappable, Morton has led the Rays to victory in 20 of his 31 appearances this year, including three consecutive.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 11-4 in BOS last 15 overall.
- BOS are 11-4 in their last 15 road games.
- Over is 16-6-1 in BOS last 23 on astroturf.
- TB are 10-1 in their last 11 games on astroturf.
- TB are 10-1 in their last 11 home games.
- TB are 14-5 in their last 19 overall.
Free Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
Tonight’s contest pits a champion’s pride against a top-level club’s desire to vie for that billing.
Combined with Tampa’s recent head-to-head success vs. Boston, Morton is the perfect mound offering vs. the Sox’ ever-threatening lineup. Expect Morton to frustrate the Red Sox enough for Tampa Bay’s offense to strike against Porcello for a fifth straight vs. 2018’s best.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Rays SU & Slight Lean Over The Number
The Ray’s broiling wildcard fued opposite Cleveland will be enough motivation for Tampa to outduel Boston tonight.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Boston Red Sox 4 – Tampa Bay Rays 5
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