Tampa Bay Rays (13-12) at Boston Red Sox (12-13)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 5, 2015, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox -130 / Tampa Bay Rays +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox play game two of their series Tuesday night.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rays have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four of their last five games. The Rays have lost four of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Logan Forsythe leads Tampa Bay with 26 hits and 11 RBI while Steven Souza Jr. and David DeJesus have combined for 21 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have split their last eight games on the road. Drew Smyly gets the ball, and he’s 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. Smyly is 2-0 with a 2.82 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox need a win to snap their four-game losing streak. The Red Sox have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Red Sox have lost six of their last seven games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Dustin Pedroia and Pablo Sandoval have combined for 58 hits and 23 RBI while Hanley Ramirez leads Boston with 22 RBI. The Boston Red Sox have lost five of their last six games on their home field. Rick Porcello takes the hill, and he’s 2-2 with a 5.34 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. Porcello is 3-3 with a 3.21 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 17-7 in their last 24 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 6-0 in Smylys last 6 starts. The Red Sox are 2-5 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter and 0-5 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series. The Rays are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Boston.
The Red Sox have to get a victory eventually, right? It might as well be with one of their better pitchers on the mound. I like Boston here and the reasonable chalk.