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Rays at Red Sox - 7/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (34-51) at Boston Red Sox (46-38)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 8, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

C Archer (4-11) (4.50) vs. S O'Sullivan (2-0) (6.61)

The Line: Boston Red Sox -118 / Tampa Bay Rays +108 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN/NESN

The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox begin a three-game series Friday night at Fenway Park.

The Tampa Bay Rays could use a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Rays have allowed 25 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 4.57 and have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 92 hits, Brad Miller has 30 RBI and Logan Morrison has 10 home runs. Chris Archer gets the nod, and he’s 4-11 with a 4.50 ERA and 127 strikeouts this season. Archer is 1-8 with a 5.67 ERA and 83 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.

Rays at Red Sox - 7/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Red Sox look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Red Sox have scored 25 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Boston Red Sox offense has caught fire lately, and they’ve won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Xander Bogaerts leads Boston with 115 hits, Mookie Betts has 58 RBI and David Ortiz has 20 home runs. Sean O'Sullivan takes the hill, and he’s 2-0 with a 6.61 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. O'Sullivan is 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. American League East and 0-5 in Archers last 5 starts. The Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day and 3-8 in their last 11 vs. American League East. The Rays are 1-7 in Archers last 8 starts vs. Red Sox.

Archer hasn't been himself this season and he's been downright awful in his career against the Red Sox. With the way Boston has been crushing the ball as of late, you have to like the home team at the cheap price.

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Boston Red Sox -118

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