Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14
Boston Red Sox (59-75) at Tampa Bay Rays (65-70)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Allen Webster (R) (3-2) (5.806) vs. Jake Odorizzi (R) (9-11) (4.233)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -159 / Boston Red Sox +149 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, Sun Sports
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays play game two of three on Saturday night.
The Boston Red Sox have won three of their last four games and are 16 games below a .500 record. The Red Sox pitching staff has been brutal lately, allowing four or more runs in 14 of their last 16 games. Overall, the Boston Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 3.96, which is 22nd in the majors, and they’ve lost nine of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, David Ortiz has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Brock Holt has a six-game hitting streak. Allen Webster takes the hill, and he’s 3-2 with a 5.81 ERA and has 18 strikeouts in 31 innings. This is Webster’s second career game against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays have lost five of their last seven games and are five games below a .500 record. The Rays offense continues to struggle, producing three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The Rays have lost nine of their last 12 games when scoring three or less runs. Evan Longoria has hit in six of his last eight games and James Loney has six hits in his last four games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.47, which is eighth in the majors. Starting is Jake Odorizzi, who is 9-11 with a 4.23 ERA and has 156 strikeouts in 140.1 innings. Odorizzi is 0-1 with a 4.20 ERA in three career starts against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 4-1 in Websters last 5 starts with 5 days of rest and 2-7 in their last 9 games as an underdog. The Rays are 4-1 in Odorizzis last 5 starts vs. a team with a losing record and 2-7 in Odorizzis last 9 starts during game 2 of a series.
Do you trust the Rays with the heavy juice? Yeah, me neither. Webster has pitched decent for the Red Sox, so I'll give Boston a shot on the road given the value.