Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick - 10/8/13
Boston Red Sox (97-65) at Tampa Bay Rays (91-71)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 8:37 pm (Tropicana Field)
Jake Peavy (R) (12-5) (4.168) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (R) (11-10) (5.243)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays-110 / Boston Red Sox -110 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
Tampa Bay looks to even their ALDS with the Boston Red Sox and stay alive in the postseason with a win Tuesday,
The Red Sox had a golden opportunity to knock off Tampa Bay Monday and move on to the ALCS but couldn't hold an early lead and their bull pen couldn't hold the fort. Boston staked starter Clay Buchholz to a 3-0 lead but he served up a two out, three run homer in what was still a winnable effort with seven hits and three walks allowed over six frames. Franklin Morales gave up an 8th inning run and after the Sox tied it 4-4 in the 9th, Koji Uehara served up a walk off jack in the bottom of the 8th to absorb the loss. The bats mustered seven hits and walked five times with runs scoring on an error, wild pitch, ground out and a David Ortiz single. The Red Sox hand the ball to Jake Peavy to close out Tampa Bay and move on to the ALCS. Peavy has been a steady member of the Boston rotation and has gone 4-1 with five no decisions the past ten times out.
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Tampa Bay appeared dead in the water with Boston taking an early lead with Clay Buchholz firmly in control but the Rays offense came through in the clutch to stave off elimination and give the team a shot at knotting the ALDS at two games apiece on Tuesday. Starter Alex Cobb kept his team competitive with three runs given up (two earned) on five hits and a pair of bases on balls. Fernando Rodney blew the save with a run plated in the 9th but picked up the win when the Rays scored in the bottom of the inning. The bats pounded out eleven hits and walked four times with Evan Longoria slamming a three run homer with Jose Lobaton clubbing a walk off jack in the 9th. Tampa Bay pins their playoff lives on the right arm of Jeremy Hellickson in game four of their ALCS versus the Red Sox. Hellickson has struggled over his last ten outings where he has recorded one quality start.
Boston had several opportunities to win this game but their offense simply wasn't clutch which breathed new life in to the Rays. I think Boston has the edge here but it's clear to me that predicting the playoffs and betting on them is not a money making endevor...