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Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 8/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox
Date & Time Thursday August 1, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +105 / Boston Red Sox -125 -- Over/Under: 10.5
TV Channel
NESN, SUN
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The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox meet Thursday in MLB action at Fenway Park.

The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Rays have scored 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 106 hits and 46 RBI while Avisail Garcia and Austin Meadows have combined for 194 hits and 97 RBI. Brendan McKay gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be McKay’s first career game against the Red Sox.

The Boston Red Sox need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Red Sox have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 15 games. The Boston Red Sox have won six of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with 142 hits and 84 RBI while Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts have combined for 152 hits and 137 RBI. Andrew Cashner gets the ball, and he is 10-5 with a 4.18 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. Cashner is 2-1 with a 4.03 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.

The Rays are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series, 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Red Sox are 63-20 in their last 83 during game 3 of a series, 24-9 in their last 33 Thursday games and 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The Rays are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Boston and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The over is 20-7 in Red Sox last 27 overall. The over is 5-2 in Rays last 7 overall.

McKay hasn't been great in his last three games, allowing 18 hits and eight earned runs in his last 13.1 innings. Cashner is coming off his best start since coming over from Baltimore, holding the New York Yankees to just 10 hits and three runs in 6.2 innings while striking out six. The Tampa Bay Rays have beaten up on the Red Sox as of late, but I'm not sure I trust McKay given the small sample size, especially when going up against a Red Sox offense that's found their mojo. I'll lay the cheap price with the home team.

Pick:
Boston Red Sox -125

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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