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Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/24/14

Tampa Bay Rays (76-81) at Boston Red Sox (68-89)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

Jake Odorizzi (R) (11-12) (3.982) vs. Anthony Ranaudo (R) (3-3) (5.289)

The Line: Boston Red Sox +101 / Tampa Bay Rays -111 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: Sun Sports, NESN

The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox play Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

The Tampa Bay Rays have won five of their last eight games and have pulled within five games of a .500 record. The Rays pitching staff has held its own lately, allowing three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. Overall, the Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.50, which is 11th in the majors, and they’ve won eight of their last nine games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, James Loney has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Evan Longoria has hit in seven of his last nine games. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball, and he’s 11-12 with a 3.98 ERA and has 171 strikeouts in 165 innings. Odorizzi is 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA in four career starts against the Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/24/14

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The Boston Red Sox have lost six of their last nine games and are 21 games below .500. The Red Sox simply can’t put runs on the board, scoring three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. The Red Sox have lost 11 of their last 12 games when scoring three or fewer runs. Daniel Nava has hit in nine of his last 10 games and Jackie Bradley Jr. has struck out at least once in seven of his last 10 games. The Boston Red Sox have an ERA of 4.01, which is 23rd in the majors. Starting is Anthony Ranaudo, who is 3-3 with a 5.59 ERA and has 13 strikeouts in 32.1 innings. This is Ranaudo’s second career game against the Rays.

The Rays are 4-0 in Odorizzis last 4 starts vs. a team with a losing record and 18-8 in their last 26 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Red Sox are 7-19 in their last 26 during game 2 of a series and 5-19 in their last 24 home games. 

The Rays are playing better baseball right now and seem to want to end the season on a positive note, while the Red Sox have packed it in months ago. With Odorizzi  on the mound, Tampa Bay is the pick here. 

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