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(55-75) Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox (73-58)
Date: Tuesday August 30, 2016
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Projected Pitchers: Jake Odorizzi vs Drew Pomeranz
MLB Moneyline Odds: Boston -168
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 9
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The Rays intended on this season being a reload type of season with an outside shot at competing for the division. The inconsistency of their starting pitching and the play of the other four teams in their division has made the latter nearly impossible.
A bright spot recently has been Jake Odorizzi who dazzled against the Sox last time out and will look to do the same again in Fenway.
Tampa Bay Rays
Odorizzi is 4-0 in August with a 2.08 ERA over five starts. Last start out, he dominated the powerful Red Sox lineup yielding just five hits and one run over 7 innings in a 2-1 win in Tampa.
This is what the Rays have expected from the 26 year old and had envisioned him teaming up with Chris Archer and Drew Smyly to form a solid top part of the rotation.
All three starters disappointed in the beginning part of the season with Archer and Odorizzi finding their form again.
It is very difficult to dominate a lineup two starts in a row – especially the best one in baseball. Don’t expect Odorizzi to blank the Sox again.
The Rays offense has been a difficult one to figure out as they go through stretches where Longoria is the only guy hitting and then times where everyone is hitting.
They just put 10 up on the Astros after scoring six runs in the first two games of the series combined.
Tampa has struggled against left handed pitching this season with an OPS of just .728 – good for eighth worst in the majors.
They should struggle against Pomeranz who has been sharp after disappointing in his first couple starts on the Sox.
Boston Red Sox
After giving up 12 runs in his first three starts with the Red Sox, Pomeranz has returned to form in August. He sports a 2.40 ERA over five starts in the month.
The Sox run support for him has been limited though as they have averaged just 2.8 runs per game in Drew’s August starts.
That is a tough draw for Pomeranz as they Red Sox have provided plenty of run support for just about every other guy who starts.
The Red Sox are first in the majors in hits, runs, doubles, total bases, OBP and slugging percentage.
After Odorizzi blanked the Red Sox last time out, I would be surprised if he was able to do that again. This lineup is loaded from top to bottom and it is difficult to navigate through.
Odorizzi struck the Sox out just four times in that start so you can assume more of the balls they put in play will find holes in the defense.
The Rays future pitching rotation has looked sharp lately but they still have some work to do to continuously neutralize lineups like the Red Sox.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- The Rays are 7-22 in their last 29 road games
- Over is 21-8 in the Rays last 29 games overall
- The Red Sox are 10-4 in their last 14 games on grass
- Under is 28-14 in their last 42 meetings in Boston
- The Red Sox hitters are batting .302 at home this season
Free Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Prediction:
Pomeranz’s pitching of late and the run support the Red Sox have given him makes the under seem like a decent pick. However, it is difficult to take the under when the best offense in baseball is in the matchup.
I like the Sox in this one as their bats will carry them past the last place Rays.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Boston -168
MVP candidate Mookie Betts will lead the way as the Red Sox are far too good 1 through 9 to keep in check. Odorizzi still should limit them a bit but not enough to keep the Rays in it.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Boston 6-2
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