Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox
|Date & Time||Saturday April 27, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
Boston Red Sox -149 / Tampa Bay Rays +138 -- O/U: 9
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox meet in MLB action from Fenway Park as part of their AL East division set on Saturday.
The Tampa Bay Rays will look to finally get back on track after having Friday’s series opener postponed due to rain which followed their 10-2 loss to Kansas City, failing to sweep the Royals in the process. Joey Wendle had two hits including a double along with an RBI while Yandy Diaz added an RBI as well in the losing effort. Brandon Lowe and Tommy Pham each went 2 for 4 while Kevin Kiermaier and Michael Perez each had a base hit in the defeat. Blake Snell took the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits over just 3.2 innings of work. Charlie Morton will start this one and is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. In his career, Morton is 3-1 with a 5.06 ERA and 29 strikeouts against Boston.
The Boston Red Sox will look to keep their momentum going after back-to-back wins over the Tigers, including salvaging a series split with a 7-3 win in their last outing. Rafael Devers and Michael Chavis each had two RBIs with Devers going 2 for 4 with a double while Chavis belted his 2nd home run of the season. Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts each had a pair of doubles and an RBI while J.D. Martinez added an RBI of his own to round out Boston’s scoring in the win. Sandy Leon added a double and Xander Bogaerts chipped in a base hit as well in the victory. Rick Porcello got his first win of the year, improving to 1-3 after allowing three runs on six hits while striking out five over six innings of work. David Price will start this game and is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. In his career, Price is 5-4 with a 3.28 ERA and 101 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay is 16-5 in their last 21 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 division games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. Boston is 12-3 in Price’s last 15 division starts and 42-19 in their last 61 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Boston is 5-1 in Price’s last 6 starts against Tampa Bay.
The plus money with the Rays is worth a look as the Rays still lead the division and Morton has been one of the better arms in that rotation so far this season. However, Morton is also coming off of his worst start of the year so far against these same Red Sox, allowing five runs in six innings. Price had a solid outing against his former team last time up, allowing just two runs while striking out ten. Price has also been the best arm for Boston in the early going and the Red Sox need to start making moves to dig themselves out of this early hole, so I’ll lay the juice with Boston in this contest.