Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox - 6/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (41-34) at Tampa Bay Rays (31-43)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2) (6.41) vs. Blake Snell (0-2) (2.40)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +110 / Boston Red Sox -120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays look to shake off a tough loss on the road against the Orioles yesterday as they head home to face off against the Boston Red Sox on Monday.
The Red Sox look to keep pace in the American League East with a strong effort in their upcoming series with the Rays as they will send Eduardo Rodriguez to the bump who is slated to match up against youngster Blake Snell. Boston heads into Monday night’s game coming off a 6-2 loss on the road against the surging Texas Rangers but have a great shot at getting back into the win column here as they take on a Rays side that is in the divisional basement and doesn’t have a ton of weapons at their disposal. Boston is loaded offensively and remain the league’s highest scoring team and with the likes of David Ortiz, Xander Bogaerts, and Mookie Betts all hitting the cover off the ball it is clear to see why they have had so much success at the plate this season.
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The Rays meanwhile will look to focus at keeping the baseball in the park when it comes to their starting pitching as they were lit up by the long ball last night which was their 11th loss in a row. Tampa has all but packed it in for this season as they don’t have the legs to make up much ground in the competitive AL East and while the Yankees may be within reach I don’t think they have what it takes to challenge the Jays, Orioles, or Red Sox and will likely become sellers at the trade deadline as they desperately try to replenish their lineup. Blake Snell will look to get his first win of the season as he is 0-2 with an impressive 2.40 ERA and while he may have the edge over Rodriguez here he will have to be flawless as the Sox can mash and will be looking to do so here.
The Red Sox are 2-6 in their last eight against the AL East, 5-1 in Rodriguez’ last six during a series opener, and 0-4 in their last four games against a lefty while the Rays are winless in their last 11, 0-4 in their last four home games, and 3-8 in their last 11 Monday games. Tampa is a mess right now and coming home won’t help as they get a Red Sox team looking to respond after getting smashed by the Rangers yesterday.