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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox - 8/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Red Sox (63-49) at Tampa Bay Rays (58-55)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

C Sale (13-4) (2.70) vs. Austin Pruitt (6-1) (5.65)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +170 / Boston Red Sox -200 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN

The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays come together at the Trop for a three game set starting on Tuesday.

The Boston Red Sox will look to stay hot, completing their second straight sweep following a 6-3 win in their finale against the White Sox, completing the four game sweep and giving Boston their sixth straight win. Chris Young stole the show for Boston in the win, going 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs, a double and five RBIs. Eduardo Nunez also hit a solo shot of his own to round out the scoring for the BoSox in the win. Sandy Leon added a double while Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts each put up a base hit of their own in the winning effort. Doug Fister got the win to improve to 2-5 this season, giving up all three runs on eight hits while striking out seven over 6.1 innings of work. Craig Kimbrel struck out a pair in his scoreless 9th frame to notch his 27th save of the year. Chris Sale will start game one and is 13-4 with a 2.70 ERA and 216 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sale is 6-5 with a 3.67 ERA and 113 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox - 8/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays continue their push for a wild card spot, and used a 2-1 victory in their series finale against the Brewers to avoid the sweep and help their case. Steven Souza Jr. hit a walk-off solo homer for the game-winning RBI , the Rays first walk-off homer in three years, while Wilson Ramos got the Rays on the board by grounding into a bases-loaded double play, scoring the run but not getting credit for the RBI. Lucas Duda went 2 for 4 with a double while Evan Longoria, Logan Morrison and Brad Miller all contributed base hits of their own in the win. Chris Archer went six innings, giving up just the one run on three hits while walking a pair and striking out seven over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tommy Hunter got the win to improve to 1-2 this season, throwing 1.1 innings of shutout relief to become the pitcher of record in the victory. Austin Pruitt will start game one and is 6-2 with a 5.65 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. This will be Pruitt’s first career start against the Red Sox.

Boston is 10-3 in Sale’s last 13 starts and 6-0 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 division matchups. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a left-handed starter and 5-1 in their last 6 games following an off day while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Boston is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Tampa Bay is in the heat of the wild card hunt and need to string wins together if they’re going to finish off that push. The problem is that I don’t think that win will come against Sale, who has AL Cy Young written all over him. Sure Pruitt’s battle tested against some tough teams in his two starts this year, rebounding from his rough start against New York by shutting out the Astros, but Boston is on a roll right now themselves, and behind Sale that should carry over to a series-opening win here.

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