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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/26/14

Boston Red Sox (47-55) at Tampa Bay Rays (49-53)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

John Lackey (R) (11-6) (3.660) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (R) (0-0) (2.079)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -118 / Boston Red Sox +108 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, Sun Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays look to stay hot when they play the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

The Red Sox have lost four straight games and have fallen to nine games back of a .500 record. Really putting themselves in danger of missing the postseason, the Red Sox pitching staff has fallen apart, allowing 26 runs during these four losses. Overall, the Red Sox have an ERA of 3.82, which is 18th best in the majors. Offensively, David Ortiz has homered five times in his last 10 games and Dustin Pedroia has scored a run in two straight games. Starting is John Lackey, who is 11-6 with a 3.66 ERA and has 112 strikeouts in 130.1 innings. Lackey is 13-7 with a 4.07 ERA in 23 career starts against the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/26/14

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Don’t look now, but the Rays are 6-0 since the All Star break and only three games from a .500 record. That’s a place I never thought they would reach a couple of months ago. The Rays bats have woken up, as they’ve produced four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games and have won six straight games when that’s the case. Evan Longoria has six RBI in his last four games and Matt Joyce has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Jeremy Hellickson takes the hill, and he’s 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA and has two strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Hellickson is 4-2 with a 4.21 ERA in 13 career games against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox are 4-1 in Lackeys last 5 road starts and 11-4 in Lackeys last 15 starts vs. American League East. The Rays are 14-5 in Hellicksons last 19 home starts and 7-3 in Hellicksons last 10 starts vs. American League East. 

I just can't pick against the Rays with the way they're playing and can't seem to back the Red Sox with the way they're playing. That makes the Rays the pick at home. 

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Tampa Bay Rays -118

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