Tampa Bay Rays (10-13) at Boston Red Sox (19-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 28, 2018, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox -211 / Tampa Bay Rays +195 --- Over/Under: 8.5
Coming up Saturday from historic Fenway Park, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox will be picking up their MLB series once again.
In the Friday edition of this set, the Rays nearly blew a four-run lead but were able to hang on for the 4-3 victory.
For Saturday’s game, the Rays will be bringing out RHP Yonny Chirinos. In his 24.2 innings and 0-1 mark this year, Chirinos has a 2.92 ERA with 21 Ks and seven walks.
Coming into this set, Mallex Smith was the top Rays hitter with 24 hits, nine runs, two triples and four RBI on his stat sheet. On Friday, Smith went 0-for-4.
As for the Sox, they're rolling with David Price on the mound Saturday. Across 27.2 innings and a 2-2 mark this year, Price has a 2.93 ERA with 23 Ks and 10 BBs.
Tops in offense for the Sox coming into this series was Mookie Betts with 28 hits, 25 runs, eight homers and 17 RBI. In the Friday game, Betts had two hits, two runs and an RBI.
The Rays are 3-12 in their last 15 Saturday games and the over is 7-0 in their last seven during game two of a series. The over is also 8-3 in their last 11 Saturday games and the Rays are 2-5 in their last seven versus a left-handed starter.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 7-1 in their last eight Saturday games and 35-17 in their last 52 during game two of a series. Boston is also 8-3 in Price’s last 11 home starts and 7-3 in his last 10 home starts versus a team with a losing record.
Chirinos only has one bad outing on his resume so far this year, with six earned in 5.2 innings versus Texas. Price, meanwhile, has been choppy as of late, with four earned in two of his last three starts (though one went 7.2 innings). That said, I think Price can control things here in what may be a relatively low-scoring game. I’ll take the Sox and the under makes sense as well.