Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/1/14
Tampa Bay Rays (23-32) at Boston Red Sox (25-29)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm (Fenway Park)
Erik Bedard (L) (2-3) (4.311) vs. Jon Lester (L) (5-6) (3.452)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -160 / Tampa Bay Rays +150 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sun Sports, NESN
The Boston Red Sox will go for the sweep over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon.
After losing 10 straight games, the Red Sox have bounced back with six straight wins and could sweep their second straight opponent with a win Sunday. The Red Sox pitching has gotten the job done in a big way, but it’s the Sox offense that has scored four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Red Sox are 24-14 this season when scoring more than four runs. A.J. Pierzynski has 18 hits in his last 10 games. Taking the mound is Jon Lester, who is 5-6 with a 3.45 ERA and has 83 strikeouts in 73 innings. Lester is 12-9 with a 4.30 ERA in 26 career starts against the Rays.
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The Rays have lost five straight games and have fallen to a .500 record. During this stretch the Rays pitching has been getting creamed, allowing 32 runs in those five losses. The Rays are 6-25 this season when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, the Rays have scored just three runs in this series. Sean Rodriguez has nine RBI in his last eight games and David DeJesus has three hits in this series. Taking the mound Sunday is Erik Bedard, who is 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA and has 30 strikeouts in 41.2 innings. Bedard is 5-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 14 career starts against the Red Sox.
The Rays are 2-5 in Bedard's last 7 starts and 1-4 in Bedard's last 5 starts as an underdog. The Red Sox are 1-4 in Lester's last 5 home starts and 24-10 in their last 34 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Red Sox are 4-1 in Lester's last 5 starts vs. Rays.
There's no value on either side of this game, but I lik the Red Sox to remain hot. However, the price to way too steep for my taste. It's probably best to fade this game.