Rays at Red Sox - 4/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (5-7) at Boston Red Sox (6-6)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
D Smyly (0-2) (4.61) vs. J Kelly (1-0) (10.12)
The Line: Boston Red Sox / Tampa Bay Rays --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, NESN
The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox begin a three-game series Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Rays pitching staff has been solid as of late, allowing three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays now just have to figure out their offense, a lineup that’s been shutout twice in their last four contests. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 13 hits, Steven Souza Jr. has six RBI and Corey Dickerson has three home runs. Drew Smyly gets the ball, and he’s 0-2 with a 4.61 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. Smyly is 3-1 with a 1.77 ERA and 43 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
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The Boston Red Sox look for a nice win to get a game above a .500 record. The Red Sox continue to produce offensively by scoring four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Boston Red Sox are 6-3 this season when scoring more than three runs 15-3 in their last 18 games dating back to last season. Hanley Ramirez leads Boston with 15 hits, David Ortiz has 10 RBI and Mookie Betts has two home runs. Joe Kelly takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 10.13 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Kelly is 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
Boston has the better pitcher on the mound in this spot and has an offense that will continue to put runs on the board, especially in small Fenway Park. The Rays have been hit or miss on the offensive end this season and going up against Kelly may be one of those games where they struggle again to score.
I like the Red Sox at home to get the job done.