Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick - 10/7/13
Boston Red Sox (97-65) at Tampa Bay Rays (91-71)
MLB Baseball: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 6:07 pm (Tropicana Field)
Clay Buchholz (R) (12-1) (1.745) vs. Alex Cobb (R) (12-3) (2.640)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -104 / Boston Red Sox -104 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox visit the Tampa Bay Rays in game three of their ALDS looking for the sweep.
The Red Sox have been crushing the ball for what seems forever which sometimes makes up for some mediocre work on the mound which was the case on Saturday. Boston once again road their offense to a 7-4 victory over the Rays and head to Tropicana holding a 2-0 series lead. Starter John Lackey allowed all four runs on seven hits and three walks over 5.1 frames with three relievers putting up zeros. The bats took care of the rest with an eleven hit, two walk attack producing a pair of solo homers from David Ortiz while Dustin Pedroia driving in three more. The Red Sox look to lock up the ALDS when Clay Buchholz takes the ball against the Rays on Monday. Buchholz has been a tough customer with a 12-1 record and 1.74 ERA covering 108.1 innings.
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After game one it was obvious the Red Sox were far from rusty and still pounding the ball so it was imperative that the pitching find a way to at least control the scoreboard. With David Price on the bump that seemed like a great possibility but that was far from what happened. Price struggled mightily with all seven runs given up on nine hits and and a pair of bases on balls through seven innings of work. That was too much for the offense to over come on eight hits and four walks with James Loney swinging the big bat with a two run double in the 5th with Yunel Escobar singling in a run and a sacrifice fly plating another. Tampa Bay will be leaning on Alex Cobb to keep the team alive in the postseason. Cobb might be the right man for the job with four consecutive victories including back to back shut outs over 30 frames.
Cobb has been a beast and has to be one here but Buchholz has been every bit as tough. I'm just going with Boston with Buchholz and the big bats behind him...