Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/30/14
Tampa Bay Rays (11-15) at Boston Red Sox (12-14)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Chris Archer (R) (2-1) (4.108) vs. Felix Doubront (L) (1-3) (5.998)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -105 / Tampa Bay Rays -105 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
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The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox will play game two of a three-game series on Wednesday night. The Red Sox won game one, 7-4.
The Rays have now lost three games in a row and six of their last seven. The Rays struggles are due to an underachieving pitching staff that has allowed six or more runs during this losing stretch. The Rays came into Tuesday ranked 24th in the MLB with a team ERA of 4.29, and that number is getting worse by the day. One pitcher who’s hoping to change that is Chris Archer, who is 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA and has 25 strikeouts in 30.2 innings. Archer is 1-2 with a 5.27 ERA in three career starts against the Red Sox.
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The Red Sox seem like they’re getting back on the ball, as they’ve won four of their last six games and are one game back of a .500 record. With an offense led by Mike Napoli and David Ortiz, the Red Sox have scored five or more runs in seven of their last nine games. Getting the nod for the Sox on Wednesday will be Felix Doubront, who is 1-3 with a 6.00 ERA and has 16 strikeouts in 24 innings. Doubront is 2-3 with a 3.24 ERA in eight career starts against the Rays.
The Rays are 8-2 in Archer's last 10 starts vs. American League East and 2-6 in Archer's last 8 road starts. The Red Sox are 5-1 in Doubront's last 6 starts vs. a team with a losing record and 7-3 in Doubront's last 10 starts. The Red Sox are 5-2 in Doubront's last 7 starts vs. Rays.
With the way the Rays are giving up runs and the way the Red Sox are hitting the ball, taking the Sox at this price is really your only option. Not to mention Doubront has had his fair share of success against the Rays throughout his career.