Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (34-52) at Boston Red Sox (47-38)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm (Fenway Park)
M Moore (5-5) (4.54) vs. R Porcello (10-2) (3.82)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -166 / Tampa Bay Rays +156 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, SUN
Coming up on Sunday from historic Fenway Park, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox will be picking up their series again.
This will be game two of the set. In Friday’s opener, the Red Sox eked out a 6-5 victory.
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The Rays will be trotting out lefty Matt Moore for the start Saturday. In his 17 starts and 5-5 record this year, Moore has put up a 4.54 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP in 103 innings. Moore got a win in his last start against the Angels, going 6.2 innings with six hits and two earned.
On offense, Tampa Bay has some very talented hitters up top. Evan Longoria is way out front on 96 hits with 47 runs, 18 homers and 47 RBI. Longoria slapped four hits with two RBI on Friday. Brock Miller has put up 69 hits with 34 runs, 13 homers and 31 RBI. Logan Forsythe holds 66 hits of his own, with 34 runs, eight homers and 21 RBI so far.
Over on the Red Sox side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Rick Porcello in the starting role Saturday. Over 17 starts and a 10-2 record this year, Porcello has put up a 3.82 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP in 106 innings. Porcello also got a win in his last game, going six innings against the Rangers with 12 hits and four runs.
At the plate, Boston has a great crew of hitters. Xander Bogaerts has 115 hits with 64 runs and 52 RBI. Mookie Betts has put up 112 hits with 72 runs, 18 homers and 58 RBI. Dustin Pedroia is over the century mark as well, with his 103 hits, 52 runs, eight homers and 35 RBI in 2016.
The Rays are 0-6 in their last six game twos of a series, and 0-5 in their last five Saturday games. Tampa Bay is also 4-10 in Moore’s last 14 starts, and 0-6 in Moore’s last six road starts.
As for the Red Sox, they’re 13-6 in their last 19 Saturday games, and 1-4 in their last five game twos of a series. Boston is also 4-1 in Porcello’s last five Saturday starts, and 8-2 in Porcello’s last 10 starts with four days’ rest.
I’ll give the Red Sox the edge here, though it should be a relatively close, lower-scoring game.