Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 9/9/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (70-72) at Boston Red Sox (80-61)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
M Andriese (5-2) (3.78) vs. C Sale (15-7) (2.85)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -240 / Tampa Bay Rays +200 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox face off in game two of their three game AL East division set from Fenway Park on Saturday.
The Tampa Bay Rays come into this one looking to even the series up at one win apiece after dropping the opener by a final score of 9-3 on Friday. Jesus Sucre went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs while Lucas Duda chipped in the other Tampa Bay run, despite going 0 for 3 at the dish. Brad Miller also went 2 for 4 while Adeiny Hechavarria added a base hit of his own as the Rays put up just 5 hits as a team in the loss. Chris Archer’s struggles against the Red Sox continued, as he gave up eight runs, six earned, on nine hits while striking out five over just three innings of work, falling back to .500 at 9-9 this season. Matt Andriese will start game two and is 5-2 with a 3.78 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. In his career, Andriese is 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA and 32 strikeouts against Boston.
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The Boston Red Sox will aim to go for the sweep on Sunday after winning game one on Friday. Mookie Betts went 1 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs. Andrew Benintendi and Christian Vazquez each chipped in an RBI and a double, while Jackie Bradley Jr. and Hanley Ramirez each contributed a run on the board in the win. Rafael Devers went 3 for 3 with a double of his own while Dustin Pedroia chipped in a base hit in the win. Drew Pomeranz got the win to improve to 15-5 this season after giving up two runs on two hits while walking a pair and striking out seven over six innings of work. Chris Sale will start game two and is 15-7 with a 2.85 ERA and 270 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sale is 7-5 with a 3.32 ERA and 126 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay is 1-5 in Andriese’s last 6 road starts and 4-9 in their last 13 division matchups while the under is 13-5 in their last 18 games against a team with a winning record. Boston is 16-7 in Sale’s last 23 starts and 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. Tampa Bay is 4-9 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams in Boston.
Tampa Bay needs wins to stay alive with the season winding down, but I don’t think it’s going to happen here, with Andriese fresh off of allowing five runs in his last start and while Sale gave up three earned in just 4.1 innings last time out, his last outing against Tampa produced eight shutout innings while striking out 13. I think we see another dominant outing from the Red Sox’ ace, leading to a big Boston win on Saturday.