Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/25/14
Tampa Bay Rays (76-82) at Boston Red Sox (69-89)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Jeremy Hellickson (R) (1-4) (3.963) vs. Allen Webster (R) (4-3) (5.538)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -104 / Tampa Bay Rays -106 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
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The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays play the rubber match of their three game AL East series at Fenway Park in Boston.
The Tampa Bay Rays were pummeled 11-3 on Wednesday night as starter Jake Odorizzi lasted just three innings allowing five runs on seven hits and two relievers combined to promptly allowing six more runs over the next two innings. The Rays managed nine hits on the night but were inefficient in converting the output to just three runs. Ben Zobrist had two hits including an RBI double, Kevin Kiermaier had two hits, Wil Myers had an RBI double, Nick Franklin had a hit and an RBI, and Evan Longoria and Sean Rodriguez each had doubles in the loss. The Rays are just 24th in the league in runs scored on the season as a lack of slugging has plagued the offense.
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Jeremy Hellickson makes his 13th start for the Rays on Thursday night in Boston. Hellickson enters this game with a WHIP of 1.37 and ERA of 3.96 while posting a 1-4 record. The 27 year old right hander Hellickson has been his best on the road with a 2.53 ERA across five starts; in one start against Boston this year Hellickson pitched 4.2 innings without allowing a run on five hits back on July 26th.
The Boston Red Sox gave the Fenway faithful a feel good game on Wednesday night, pounding out ten hits but also capitalizing on walks and errors to score 11 runs. Xander Bogaerts had two hits and three RBI’s, rookie Garin Cecchini hit his first career home run, Daniel Nava had a hit and two RBI’s, Yoenis Cespedes had two hits including his 36th double, and rookie Bryce Brentz had two hits and scored twice as every starter managed to chalk a meaningful tally in the box score. The output was much appreciated for the home fans considering that Boston ranked 27th in runs scored prior to last night’s win.
Allen Webster will take the mound for the Red Sox on Thursday in his 11th start of his sophomore season. Webster enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.50 and ERA of 5.54 while posting a record of 4-3. The 24 year old righty Webster has struggled at Fenway with an ERA of 7.03 across five starts and 24.1 innings of work with batters hitting .301 against him. In two starts against the Rays, Webster has also struggled with an ERA of 7.71 over 9.1 innings of work.
The Red Sox took the Rays behind the woodshed on Wednesday but I see the Rays having a solid shot at bouncing back here with the better starter on the mound.