Tampa Bay Rays (13-12) at Boston Red Sox (12-12)
|Date & Time||Monday May 4, 2015, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox -138 / Tampa Bay Rays +128 --- Over/Under: 9
The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox begin a three-game series at Fenway Park Monday.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rays have scored four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six straight games. The Rays have lost seven of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Logan Forsythe leads Tampa Bay with 24 hits and 11 RBI while Steven Souza Jr. and Tim Beckham have combined for 21 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost five of their last eight games on the road. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball, and he’s 2-2 with a 2.41 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. Odorizzi is 1-2 with a 3.69 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Red Sox have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Red Sox have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Pablo Sandoval leads Boston with 29 hits and 12 RBI while Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts have combined for 37 RBI. The Boston Red Sox have lost six of their last nine games on their home field. Clay Buchholz takes the hill, and he’s 1-3 with a 5.76 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. Buchholz is 8-6 with a 2.40 ERA and 120 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. American League East and 1-4 in Odorizzis last 5 road starts. The Red Sox are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 0-4 in Buchholzs last 4 starts. The Red Sox are 3-8 in Buchholzs last 11 starts vs. Rays.
The Red Sox know they have to turn things around after getting swept by the Yankees. I look for Boston to show up and get back in the win column with a solid perofrmance from Buchholz.