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Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Game 1 - 6/8/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox
Date & Time Saturday June 8, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)
Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts
The Line
Boston Red Sox -150 / Tampa Bay Rays +140 O/U: 9.5
TV Channel
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox will meet up for game one of their MLB doubleheader on Saturday.

In the Friday opener of this set, the Rays logged 10 hits on the way to an eventual 5-1 victory to strike first in the series.

For Saturday’s opening game, the Rays will be going with Ryan Yarbrough in the start. Over his 34.2 innings and 4-2 record this year, Yarbrough has a 6.23 ERA with 23 Ks and eight walks.

Tampa Bay peppered in runs over four different innings in the victory on Friday. Kevin Kiermaier logged three hits in that one, with a homer and four RBI.

Over on the Red Sox’ side, they’re going with David Price in the opening start Saturday. Across his 54.0 innings and 3-2 record so far, Price has a 2.83 ERA with 59 Ks and 12 BBs.

Boston couldn’t really get anything going in the Friday loss, and mustered just four hits on the night. Xander Bogaerts had half the haul with two hits and an RBI.

The Rays are 23-9 in their last 32 in game two of a series and 1-4 in their last five opening games of doubleheaders. Tampa is 4-1 in their last five versus a left-handed starter and the under is 3-0-1 in their last four in game two of a series.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 1-5 in their last six in game two of a series and 23-8 in Price’s last 31 home starts. Boston is 27-11 in Price’s last 38 starts and 0-4 in his last four Saturday starts.

Price has looked pretty darn solid this season so far, and his recent numbers have been good. He’s sitting on consecutive quality starts, with just two earned on nine hits in 12.1 innings with 12 strikeouts in that span.

Seems like Price has found his way and the Red Sox should roll right along behind him. I’m going with Boston here.

Boston Red Sox -150

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