Red Sox vs. Rays - 8/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (55-74) at Boston Red Sox (72-58)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 29, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
M Andriese (6-4) (3.71) vs. R Porcello (17-3) (3.23)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -210 / Tampa Bay Rays +190 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox begin a three-game series Monday night.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Rays have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Rays offense has been producing recently, and they’ve won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 145 hits, Brad Miller has 63 RBI and Logan Forsythe has 16 home runs. Matt Andriese gets the nod, and he’s 6-5 with a 3.71 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. Andriese is 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
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The Boston Red Sox could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Red Sox have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Boston Red Sox have an ERA of 4.15 and have lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Mookie Betts leads Boston with 176 hits, Xander Bogaerts has 76 RBI and Dustin Pedroia has 12 home runs. Rick Porcello takes the hill, and he’s 17-3 with a 3.23 ERA and 145 strikeouts this season. Porcello is 8-4 with a 2.90 ERA and 87 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 17-36 in their last 53 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in Andrieses last 6 starts. The Red Sox are 7-2 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series and 19-7 in Porcellos last 26 starts. The Red Sox are 6-2 in Porcellos last 8 starts vs. Rays.
The Red Sox have gotten the best of the Rays as of late and are lightyears the better team this season. Also, Porcello is pretty much a sure W when he takes the mound this season. The Red Sox and the RL at home has to be the pick against a Rays club that's counting the days for the season to end.