Tampa Bay Rays (8-8) at Boston Red Sox (6-9)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Fenway Park)
Ryan Yarbrough (0-2) (3.78) vs. Ryan Brasier (0-0) (9.00)
The Line: Boston Red Sox +130 / Tampa Bay Rays -149 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox meet Monday in MLB action from Fenway Park.
The Rays just finished up against the Yankees this weekend. Tampa won the first game Friday 1-0, then took one game of the Saturday doubleheader. In the Sunday finale, the Rays stormed back from a 3-0 deficit to eke out a 4-3 victory. As for the Red Sox, they played the Blue Jays this weekend, splitting the first two games. In the Sunday finale, Boston managed to win the series with a 5-3 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Rays were down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning on Sunday, but powered out three runs to eventually take a walk-off 4-3 win and a 3-1 series edge over the Yankees in the weekend series. Mike Brousseau would finish with a two-run homer among his two hits, and starter Charlie Morton lasted 2.0 innings with three hits and one earned before exiting with an injury.
For the Monday game, Tampa Bay will send out Ryan Yarbrough in the start. Last season, Yarbrough went 11-6 with a 4.13 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 141.2 innings of work. This season over three starts, Yarbrough is 0-2 with a 3.78 ERA and 12 Ks in 16.2 innings overall.
Over on the Red Sox’ side, they were able to carry a 3-3 tie into the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday, when one swing of the bat won the game. Mitch Moreland launched a game-winning two-run homer there, part of two homers on the day. Starter Nathan Eovaldi went 6.0 innings for the Sox with six hits, three earned and 10 strikeouts.
For the Monday matchup, the Red Sox will send out RHP Ryan Brasier. It’ll be his first career start after 109 career appearances in the Major League. Over five games so far, Brasier is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and four strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work.
The Rays are 27-7 in their last 34 Monday games and 12-4 in their last 16 during game one of a series. Tampa Bay is 32-15 in their last 47 games following a win and 3-7 in their last 10 overall.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 3-7 in their last 10 games following a win and 7-17 in their last 24 versus the American League East. Boston is 1-4 in their last five games as an underdog and 1-4 in their last five games on grass.
Pick: I’m leaning toward sticking with the Rays. Tampa Bay had a really nice performance against the Yankees this weekend, and their bullpen was constantly flummoxing a string New York lineup. Boston has a few offensive bright spots, but nothing that will stoke fear into the Rays pitching staff. If Yarbrough can bag a quality start there should be ample opportunity for the Tampa Bay offense to plate a few runs.