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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox - 9/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Red Sox (83-63) at Tampa Bay Rays (72-75)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 6:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

R Porcello (9-17) (4.64) vs. A Cobb (11-9) (3.59)

The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -105 / Boston Red Sox -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN

The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays meet in game two of their three game AL East division set from Tropicana Field on Saturday.

The Boston Red Sox will look to take game two and go for the sweep on Sunday after emerging victorious in Friday’s opener by a final score of 13-6 in extra innings. Mitch Moreland went 3 for 7 with a solo home run and two RBIs. Deven Marrero added two RBIs with a double, while Xander Bogaerts went 4 for 7 with two RBIs. Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers each added a pair of runs while Sandy Leon added an RBI of his own in the win. Mookie Betts went 3 for 8 with a double while Christian Vazquez, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Blake Swihart each contributed a base hit in the win. Chris Sale went 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out nine, not factoring in the decision. Brandon Workman notched his first blown save of the year, but got the win to improve to 1-1. Rick Porcello will start game two and is 9-17 with a 4.64 ERA and 167 strikeouts this season. In his career, Porcello is 11-8 with a 3.41 ERA and 133 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox - 9/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Rays will look to bounce back and even up the set after dropping the opener on Friday. Wilson Ramos went 3 for 5 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs. Kevin Kiermaier went 2 for 6 with a solo home run, while Evan Longoria went 3 for 7 with an RBI and Adeiny Hechavarria added an RBI of his own to round out the scoring for Tampa Bay in the loss. Corey Dickerson went 2 for 4 while Danny Espinosa and Peter Bourjos added base hits of their own in the losing effort. Matt Andriese gave up a pair of runs on five hits while striking out three over 4.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Alex Colome received his 6th blown save of the season, while Austin Pruitt took the loss to fall to 7-5 this season. Alex Cobb will start game two and is 11-9 with a 3.59 ERA and 119 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cobb is 6-3 with a 3.32 ERA and 53 strikeouts against Boston.

Boston is 3-12 in Porcello’s last 15 division starts and 6-3 in their last 9 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 road games. Tampa Bay is 6-2 in Cobb’s last 8 home starts and 6-14 in their last 20 division matchups while the under is 9-2-1 in Cobb’s last 12 starts overall. Tampa Bay is 4-1 in Cobb’s last 5 starts against Boston.

These two met just under a week ago, and it was Cobb who outpitched Porcello in that one, and I see more of the same here. The Rays had this game to win before imploding down the stretch, but before that they took it to the Red Sox ace early on. Now the Rays get to take out some frustration on the defending Cy Young winner who is a shell of last season’s self, and has been up and down for most of the season. Tampa needs some sense of urgency to keep their playoff hopes alive and I think the Rays get a crucial win on Saturday.

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