Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Game Two - 5/1/14
Tampa Bay Rays (11-16) at Boston Red Sox (13-14)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Cesar Ramos (L) (1-1) (3.750) vs. Jake Peavy (R) (1-0) (2.872)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -149 / Tampa Bay Rays +139 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, NESN
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays will play game two of a doubleheader on Thursday night. The Red Sox won the first game on Tuesday, 7-4.
The Rays have been one of the biggest disappointing teams so far this season, losing seven of their last nine games and sitting at the bottom of the AL East. The Rays pitching rotation has been dreadful, allowing seven or more runs in five of their last six games. Offensively has been a different story for the Rays, as Evan Longoria, James Loney, Matt Joyce and Ryan Hanigan have 15 RBI apiece. Getting the nod in game two for the Rays will be Cesar Ramos, who is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and has allowed 14 hits in 16 innings. Ramos is 0-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 13 career games against the Red Sox.
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The Red Sox have split their last eight games and are hoping to get back to a .500 record depending on what happens in game one. The Red Sox have really been pounding the ball, scoring five or more runs in seven of their last nine games. David Ortiz has three homeruns in his last nine games, and Mike Napoli has 12 hits in his last 10 games. Boston’s pitching could be better and that’s going to start with Jake Peavy, who is 1-0 with a 2.87 ERA and has 32 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. Peavy is 3-1 with a 4.91 ERA in six career starts against the Rays.
The Rays are 4-10 in their last 14 second games of a doubleheader and 1-7 in their last 8 road games. The Red Sox are 6-1 in their last 7 second games of a doubleheader and 1-5 in Peavy's last 6 starts with 5 days of rest. The Rays are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in Boston.
The Rays haven't had great success against the Red Sox in Boston, and Peavy has looked sharp to begin the season. You have to like the Red Sox as long as you think the price is fair.