Boston Red Sox (2-1) at Tampa Bay Rays (1-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 1, 2018, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +118 / Boston Red Sox -128 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet Sunday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Boston Red Sox hope to win their third straight game, as the pitching staff has allowed a combined three runs in their last two games. The Red Sox offense still has yet to get going, but when you allow just three runs in 18 innings while striking out 16 batters, you’re going to be tough to beat. Offensively, Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox with eight hits and two RBI while Hanley Ramirez and Eduardo Nunez have combined for six hits and two RBI. The Boston Red Sox have won 21 of their last 27 regular season games when allowing less than six runs. Hector Velazquez gets the ball, and he was 3-1 with a 2.92 ERA and 19 strikeouts last season. This will be Velazquez’s first career game against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays hope to force a series split before having to go on the road to play the New York Yankees. The Rays need to figure out how to get some offense going, as there’s just one player on this team with more than two hits and the strikeouts are piling up rather quickly. Matt Duffy leads the Rays with four hits and one RBI while Carlos Gomez and Adeiny Hechavarria have combined for four hits and two RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost 11 of their last 13 games when scoring under four runs. Jacob Faria gets the ball, and he was 5-4 with a 3.43 ERA and 84 strikeouts last season. Faria is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and three strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 2-5 in their last 7 Sunday games, 0-4 in their last 4 during game 4 of a series and 7-3 in their last 10 road games. The Rays are 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games and 5-1 in Farias last 6 starts vs. American League East. The Red Sox are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
These pitchers have a combined 17 career starts under their belt, so there's not a whole lot to go off of with what's on the mound. The bottom line is the Rays aren't putting together consistent offense, and it's only a matter of time before the Red Sox get their bats going. We're getting a cheap price with what many would consider the clear better team. I'll take a stab with the Boston Red Sox in this spot.