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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/29/14

Boston Red Sox (58-75) at Tampa Bay Rays (65-69)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Pitcher TBA () (0-0) (0.00) vs. Chris Archer (R) (8-6) (3.089)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -158 / Boston Red Sox +148 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, Sun Sports

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays will begin a four-game series on Friday at Tropicana Field.

The Boston Red Sox have lost nine of their last 11 games and are 17 games below a .500 record. The Red Sox offense has really fallen off a cliff, scoring three or less runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Red Sox have lost nine straight games when scoring three or less runs. David Ortiz has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Brock Holt has a five-game hitting streak. The Boston Red Sox have an ERA of 3.96, which is 22nd in the majors. Anthony Ranaudo takes the mound, and he’s 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA and has three strikeouts in 12 innings. This is Ranaudo’s first career game against the Rays.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/29/14

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The Tampa Bay Rays have lost four of their last six games and are four games below a .500 record. The Rays pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. Overall, the Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA 3.46, which is eighth in the majors, and they’ve lost 10 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria has six hits in his last three games and James Loney has a hit in seven of his last nine games. Starting is Chris Archer, who is 8-6 with a 3.09 ERA and has 147 strikeouts in 157.1 innings. Archer is 1-3 with a 4.75 ERA in six career starts against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox are 4-11 in their last 15 vs. American League East and 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day. The Rays are 1-4 in Archers last 5 home starts and 4-1 in Archers last 5 starts overall. The Red Sox are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay.

Neither team has looked good this season and the Sox have been solid coming off a day off. I'll take the road team for the plus money. 

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Boston Red Sox +148

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