Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
|Date & Time||Saturday April 20, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox +133 / Tampa Bay Rays -144 -- Over/Under: 8
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet Saturday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Boston Red Sox look for a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Red Sox have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Boston Red Sox have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 26 hits and 11 RBI while Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers have combined for 38 hits and 11 RBI. Rick Porcello gets the ball, and he is 0-3 with a 11.12 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Porcello is 14-10 with a 3.42 ERA and 163 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Rays have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Rays are 14-3 this season when scoring more than one run. Austin Meadows leads the Rays with 25 hits and 17 RBI while Tommy Pham and Avisail Garcia have combined for 41 hits and 18 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Morton is 3-1 with a 4.35 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 14-6 in Porcello's last 20 Saturday starts and 0-4 in Porcello's last 4 starts. The Rays are 16-5 in their last 21 during game 2 of a series, 46-17 in their last 63 home games and 54-22 in their last 76 games on astroturf. The Red Sox are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Rays last 8 overall. The over is 4-1 in Porcello's last 5 starts overall.
Porcello is a pitcher I'm not trying to back right now, as he's allowed 22 hits and 14 earned runs in his first 11.1 innings, and these Rays have had some decent success against him, hitting .286 in 140 at bats. Morton has allowed just 11 hits and three runs in his last 15.2 innings and is averaging over a strikeout per inning on the season. The Rays are also a team I usually back often whenever the price is reasonable, and they've been money coming off of losses all year. I'll side with the Rays in this spot.