Red Sox vs. Rays - 4/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (6-8) at Boston Red Sox (7-7)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Fenway Park)
J Odorizzi (0-1) (2.41) vs. D Price (2-0) (4.50)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -165 / Tampa Bay Rays +155 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox play a rubber game early Thursday afternoon.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Rays continue to have scoring issues, as they’ve produced three runs in each of their last three games and no more than three runs in six of their last seven games. The Tampa Bay Rays are 3-8 this season when scoring three or less runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 14 hits, Steven Souza Jr. has six RBI and Logan Forsythe has two home runs. Jake Odorizzi gets the nod, and he’s 0-1 with a 2.41 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. Odorizzi is 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
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The Boston Red Sox look for a nice win that would put them a game above a .500 record. The Red Sox have allowed three or less runs in five of their last seven games, including just six runs in this series. The Boston Red Sox are 5-2 this season when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Hanley Ramirez leads Boston with 15 hits, David Ortiz has 13 RBI and Mookie Betts has three home runs. David Price takes the hill, and he’s 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Price is 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 1-5 in Odorizzis last 6 road starts. The Red Sox are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 4-10 in their last 14 games on grass. The Rays are 4-1 in Odorizzis last 5 starts vs. Red Sox.
The Rays continue to have issues putting runs on the board, and facing Price likely isn't going to help. While Price hasn't done well against his former team in limited time, the Red Sox should win this contest.