Rays vs. Red Sox - 8/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (69-54) at Tampa Bay Rays (52-70)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 22, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
D Price (11-8) (4.19) vs. Blake Snell (4-5) (3.07)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +145 / Boston Red Sox -155 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays begin a four-game series Monday night.
The Boston Red Sox look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 16 games. The Red Sox have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Boston Red Sox offense continues to produce, and they’ve won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Mookie Betts leads Boston with 163 hits, Xander Bogaerts has 69 RBI and Dustin Pedroia has 12 home runs. David Price gets the nod, and he’s 11-8 with a 4.19 ERA and 171 strikeouts this season. Price is 2-3 with a 5.11 ERA and 44 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays hope to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Rays have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Rays offense has woken up recently, and they’ve won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 138 hits, Brad Miller has 60 RBI and Logan Forsythe has 16 home runs. Blake Snell takes the hill, and he’s 4-5 with a 3.06 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. This will be Snell’s second career game against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 2-5 in Prices last 7 starts. The Rays are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 5-1 in their last 6 games on astroturf. The Red Sox are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Both clubs are hitting the ball well lately and the over is 5-2 in the last seven matchups taking place in Tampa Bay. Price has also been hit or miss in his last several starts and has an ERA of 3.81 in August. I like the over in this spot.