Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick - 9/10/13
Boston Red Sox (87-58) at Tampa Bay Rays (78-64)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Ryan Dempster (R) (8-9) (4.795) vs. David Price (L) (8-7) (3.509)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -139 / Boston Red Sox +129 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, SunSports
The surging Boston Red Sox take their winning ways to Tropicana Field to face the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Red Sox slow down that many have expected has not materialized and the way this team has been playing that slow down might never come. Boston has won eight of ten behind outstanding work at the plate where the runs have been flowing. The team looks to bounce back from a 4-3 loss to the Yankees on Sunday with the offense having a rare off night. Starter Jon Lester allowed three runs on ten hits before Brandon Workman's wild pitch plated Ichiro Suzuki to absorb the loss in the 9th. The Red Sox posted nine hits and three walks with Will Middlebrook's solo homer one of the few bright spots. Boston is scheduled to activate Clay Buchholz from the 60 day disabled list with a shoulder issue for his first start since June 8th. Buchholz record stands at 9-0 with 1.71 ERA in 12 outings.
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A few short weeks ago Tampa Bay was right on the tail of the American League East leading Red Sox. Fast forward to the present and the Rays are still in second but have dropped seven of ten which has put some distance between them and Boston. Desperate Tampa Bay picked up a 4-1 victory at Seattle on Sunday behind some clutch hitting and a great performance on the mound from Matt Moore. Moore gave up the lone run on a solo jack through 6.1 frames which was plenty good enough with the Rays pounding out ten hits and walking eight times while three players drove in runs and four scored. Left hander David Price will be looking to get back in the win column against Boston following a 6-2 loss at the Angels. Price was charged with all six runs on eleven hits and a walk in seven frames.
I don't have a clue what we'll see from Buccholz who could pick up where he left off or he could be rusty. I'll take the Rays but betting on a struggling team might not be the best way to go...