Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
|Date & Time||Monday July 22, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Tampa Bay, Florida
The Line: Boston Red Sox / Tampa Bay Rays -- Over/Under:
NESN, SUN, ESPN
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet Monday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Boston Red Sox look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Red Sox have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Boston Red Sox have won five of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with 125 hits and 75 RBI while Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts have combined for 226 hits and 122 RBI. Eduardo Rodriguez gets the ball, and he is 11-4 with a 4.34 ERA and 120 strikeouts this season. Rodriguez is 0-3 with a 6.41 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Rays have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won six straight games when scoring four or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 98 hits and 42 RBI while Avisail Garcia and Austin Meadows have combined for 182 hits and 91 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was published.
The Red Sox are 8-2 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series, 18-4 in Rodriguez's last 22 road starts and 38-13 in Rodriguez's last 51 starts. The Rays are 22-4 in their last 26 Monday games, 3-7 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Red Sox are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Rays last 5 home games. The over is 17-5 in Rodriguez's last 22 starts overall.
Rodriguez has been shaky on the road this season where he has a 4.91 ERA and .288 allowed batting average, but he's been sharp this month overall where he's allowed 12 hits and four runs in his last 18.1 innings. The Red Sox have also won 15 of their last 18 games in which Rodriguez has pitched. The Tampa Bay Rays are a team that seems to be falling apart at the worst possible time, as the AL East has gotten away from them and the wild card won't be far behind if the pitching staff doesn't turn things around. Simply based on the Red Sox success with Rodriguez on the mound, I have to side with the road team.