Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays meet on Friday at Fenway Park as they play game two of their huge series in the A.L. Wild Card race. The Red Sox are -150 favorites over the Rays with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Boston Red Sox continued their collapse as they lost again on Thursday but this time the loss came to their closest chasers, the Tampa Bay Rays. David Ortiz and Marco Scutaro each had two hits and Adrian Gonzalez had one as the Red Sox scored two runs on six hits. On the mound Kyle Weiland allowed three hits and four runs lasting just three innings while taking his second loss of the year as the Red Sox used seven pitchers in all. For Friday’s game Boston starts Josh Beckett who has won his last three decisions but had to leave his last start after three and two-thirds innings when he appeared injured. For the season Beckett has allowed 125 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out 155 over 173.2 innings of work.
The Tampa Bay Rays continue to close the gap on the Red Sox and they now trail in the Wild Card race by three games. Evan Longoria, Casey Kotchman, and B.J. Upton each homered as the Rays scored nine runs on nine hits. On the mound Jeremy Hellickson allowed just three hits and a run over 5.2 innings of work to earn his 13th win of the season. For Friday’s game Tampa Bay starts James Shields who has won his last four starts. For the season Shields has allowed 176 hits and 68 earned runs while striking out 210 over 226.1 innings of work.
Boston is 1-7 in their last eight games against the A.L. East, 16-5 in game two of a series and 19-7 in Beckett’s last 26 starts. Tampa Bay is 7-2 in their last nine against the A.L. East, 9-3 in their last 12 games overall, and 7-3 in Shields’ last 10 games as an underdog. The Rays have won six in a row in this series.
The Red Sox are fading fast and can’t get out of their own way, there is no reason to go anywhere near them right now. Take the Rays plus the 130.
Tampa Bay Rays +130 Boston Red Sox