Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/1/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (51-52) at Boston Red Sox (45-58)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 1:35 pm (Fenway Park)
M Moore (1-2) (7.60) vs. J Kelly (2-6) (5.94)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -133 / Tampa Bay Rays +123 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox continue their series at Fenway Park in American League East action.
The Tampa Bay Rays are still alive in the American League East race but they have been fading. The Rays have hurt themselves the last two times out with losses after a 7-5 defeat at Fenway Park on Friday. Starter Erasmo Ramirez was charged with four runs but just one was earned over six frames with the pen surrendering three runs. The Rays received a two run pinch hit double off the bat of John Jaso with Mikie Mahtook going 2-4with an RBI and a pair of runs. Left hander Matt Moore makes his 6th start since coming off the disabled list when he faces Boston Saturday. Moore has gone 1-2 with a 7.61 ERA covering five outings with a 1.90 WHIP.
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The Boston Red Sox have reached the point in the season where they either make a run and challenge for the postseason or play out the string. The Red Sox had dropped seven of ten before the offense awoke to save the day on Friday night. Rookie hurler Eduardo Rodriguez gave up three runs on fix hits and four BB through five frames with Junichi Tazawa allowing two more. Mike Napoli paced the attack with a homer and two RBI’s with a pair of runs while Alejandro De Aza and Blake Swihart knocked in two runs each. The Red Sox hand the ball to Joe Kelly who sees Tampa Bay for the second time in 2015. Kelly has struggled the last three times out with a combined 13 runs plated on 21 hits over 12.2 frames.
The over is 5-1-2 in Tampa Bay’s last 8 on grass while the under is 9-2-4 in their last 15 overall with the Rays going 2-8 in their last 10 road games. Boston are 3-12 in their last 15 overall and 3-12 in their last 15 games on grass. The under is 21-7 in the last 28 meetings in Boston. Both hurlers have been struggling mightily and right now I lean over….