Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox
|Date & Time||Friday June 7, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays / Boston Red Sox -- Over/Under:
The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox meet Friday in MLB action at Fenway Park.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rays have soared 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won seven of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 61 hits and 25 RBI while Avisail Garcia and Austin Meadows have combined for 119 hits and 66 RBI. Yonny Chirinos gets the ball, and he is 6-2 with a 3.25 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. Chirinos is 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Red Sox have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Boston Red Sox have won 11 of their last 13 games when scoring four or more runs. Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with 75 hits and 40 RBI while Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts have combined for 133 hits and 69 RBI. Rick Porcello gets the ball, and he is 4-5 with a 4.76 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. Porcello is 14-10 with a 3.42 ERA and 168 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League East, 14-5 in their last 19 during game 1 of a series and 28-12 in their last 40 road games. The Red Sox are 4-1 in Porcello's last 5 home starts, 20-8 in Porcello's last 28 starts with 5 days of rest and 7-2 in Porcello's last 9 starts. The Red Sox are 5-2 in Porcello's last 7 starts vs. Rays. The over is 9-3 in Porcello's last 12 starts overall. The over is 3-1-3 in Rays last 7 overall.
The Tampa Bay Rays have had the upper hand against the Red Sox recently and the away team has won each of the last five meetings, but it feels like the Red Sox are starting to find their groove recently. Porcello has also been much better at home than on the road this season where he's allowing a 3.52 ERA and a .224 batting average. Chirinos was rocked in his last performance against the Minnesota Twins, and he seems to get shakier the longer he pitches. I'll side with the Boston Red Sox at home.