Boston Red Sox (16-29) at Tampa Bay Rays (28-16)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 11, 2020 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)
Andrew Triggs (0-2) (9.95) vs. Blake Snell (3-1) (3.74)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays / Boston Red Sox --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays meet in an AL East division matchup in MLB action from Tropicana Field on Friday night.
The Boston Red Sox will look to build on a 4-3 win over the Rays from Thursday night. Rafael Devers led the charge, going 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs while Bobby Dalbec added a solo homer of his own to round out the scoring for the Red Sox in the win. Christian Arroyo went 2 for 4 at the dish while Alex Verdugo and Xander Bogaerts each had a base hit to finish off Boston’s offense as a team in the victory. Mike Kickham went four innings, giving up just two runs on three hits while striking out eight over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Ryan Weber got the win in relief to improve to 1-2 on the year while Matt Barnes closed things out for his 5th save of the year. Andrew Triggs will start here and is 0-2 with a 9.95 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. This will be Triggs’ second career start against Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Rays will try to rebound from their loss to the BoSox on Thursday. Hunter Renfroe and Brandon Lowe each had a solo home run while Austin Meadows added a double and an RBI to round out Tampa Bay’s scoring as a team in the losing effort. Manuel Margot went 2 for 5 at the dish as well as the Rays had just five hits as a team in defeat. Josh Fleming allowed three runs on six hits while striking out five over 4.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Peter Fairbanks ended up with the loss, falling to 4-2 on the year as a result. Blake Snell will start here and is 3-1 with a 3.74 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. In his career, Snell is 6-3 with a 2.83 ERA and 60 strikeouts against Boston.
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Part of me wants to back the Rays behind Snell here as Snell’s had success against Boston in his career, but Snell’s also been a five inning guy for much of the season and we haven’t really seen a dominant start from him up to this point in the year. On the other hand, backing Boston once in a while may be a nice value play, but it’s not something you can do every day as this is still not a very good Red Sox team and it’s starting to become a point of when the BoSox mail it in and start taking brief looks at what they have for next season. I’ll side with the over here as I think the bats get to both pitching staffs and we see a game that combines for double digits here.