Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 6:10 PM (Fenway Park )
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -186 / Boston Red Sox +160 -- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet Friday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Boston Red Sox need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Red Sox have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Boston Red Sox have won four of their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with 186 hits and 108 RBI while Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts have combined for 342 hits and 184 RBI. Rick Porcello gets the ball, and he is 13-12 with a 5.77 ERA and 129 strikeouts this season. Porcello is 14-12 with a 3.67 ERA and 179 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rays have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won seven of their last 11 games when scoring four or more runs. Tommy Pham leads the Rays with 150 hits and 66 RBI while Austin Meadows and Avisail Garcia have combined for 276 hits and 157 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA and 223 strikeouts this season. Morton is 5-1 with a 4.26 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 5-0 in their last 5 Friday games, 11-4 in their last 15 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. American League East. The Rays are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. American League East, 10-1 in their last 11 home games and 6-2 in Morton's last 8 home starts. The Red Sox are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Tampa Bay and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Morton's last 7 home starts. The under is 11-4 in Red Sox last 15 overall.
Porcello has allowed 20 hits and 14 runs in his last 13 innings, and he has a 5.81 ERA and .314 allowed batting average on the road. Morton has allowed 15 hits and seven runs in his last 17.1 innings, and he has a 2.74 ERA and .200 allowed batting average at home. The Rays are 10-4 with Morton on the hill since July, which includes a 6-2 record at home during that span. The Rays were able to enjoy a day off on Thursday and are still playing for a chance to host the wild card game. We have the better pitcher and the more motivated team at home. I'll take the Rays here, even if the price isn't great.