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Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 9/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (70-71) at Boston Red Sox (79-61)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

C Archer (9-8) (3.81) vs. D Pomeranz (14-5) (3.36)

The Line: Boston Red Sox -137 / Tampa Bay Rays +127 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNLA, ATRM

Out at historic Fenway Park on Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox will be kicking off their weekend MLB series. 

The Rays are fresh off a set against the Twins this week. Tampa Bay won the first two games but lost the finale on Wednesday 10-6. 

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 9/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Friday game, the Rays will be bringing out RHP Chris Archer. In his 179.1 innings and 9-8 record this year, Archer has a 3.76 ERA with 225 Ks. 

Tampa has some important hitters this year. Chris Dickerson leads the way on 151 hits, 78 runs, 26 homers and 60 RBI while Evan Longoria has 143 hits, 66 runs, 18 homers and 77 RBI. 

Over on the Boston side, they just finished up against the Blue Jays. The Red Sox lost on Monday but won the next two 3-2 and 6-1 to take the series. 

The Sox will be rolling with LHP Drew Pomeranz on Friday. In his 147.1 innings and 14-5 record this year, Pomeranz has a 3.36 ERA with 154 Ks and 59 BBs. 

Boston has some great hitters as well. Sitting atop the heap is Mookie Betts, with 146 hits, 85 runs, 18 homers and 78 RBI. Andrew Benintendi is second on the team with 133 hits, 70 runs, 19 homers and 75 RBI to his credit so far. 

The Rays are 5-0 in their last five during game one of a series and 7-2 in their last nine games following an off day. Tampa is also 4-9 in their last 13 versus the AL East and 2-5 in their last seven Friday games. 

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 5-1 in their last six versus a team with a losing record and 8-2 in their last 10 games following an off day. Boston is also 10-3 in their last 13 Friday games and 1-4 in their last five during game one of a series. 

Archer came out of his last start due to tightness in his right arm. He received a best-case diagnosis, however, and will make the start here to try and improve on his 2-11 record versus Boston during his career. As for Pomeranz, he gave up eight hits and four runs over 5.1 innings to the Yankees his last time out, but is 7-2 at Fenway this year with a 3.26 ERA. Considering Archer’s sketchy history against the Sox—not to mention Pomeranz’s success at home—I have to go with Boston here.

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