Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays meet for game two of their four game series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are -130 favorites over the Rays with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Boston Red Sox haven’t looked too good this season as they started out with a six game road trip but after their first home game maybe it’s home cooking that’s the answer as they took a tight one and turned it into a romp getting the win in the series opener on Friday. Adrian Gonzalez and Kelly Shppach had three hits each while Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youklis, and David Ortiz each had two hits but Ellsbury left the game with a shoulder injury. Josh Beckett allowed five hits and one run while striking out just one over eight innings to pick up his first win of the year. For Saturday’s rematch Boston starts Clay Buchholz who had a no decision in his first start despite being knocked around in Detroit. In his first start this year Buchholz allowed eight hits and seven runs while striking out two over just four innings of work.
The Tampa Bay Rays got out to an early one run lead o Friday but they couldn’t make it last as they were crushed by the Red Sox. Ben Zobrist had two hits including a home run and scored twice, Carlos Pena had a hit, and Jeff Keppinger had a hot as the Rays had six hits and two runs total for the day. Starter David Price allowed four hits and three runs lasting just three innings and taking the loss and the bullpen provided no relief as Joel Peralta was shelled four four runs without retiring a batter and Josh Leueke allowed six hits and four runs in just an inning of work. For Saturday’s game Tampa Bay comes back with Jeremy Hellickson who was outstanding in his first start allowing three hits and striking out four over 8.2 innings getting the win against the Yankees.
Boston is 3-5 in their last eight home games, 8-21 in their last 29 games overall, and 4-0 in Buchholz’s last four home starts. Tampa Bay is 8-2 in their last 10 against the A.L. East, 1-5 in their last six road games, and 5-2 in Hellickson’s last seven starts. Tampa Bay is 8-3 in the last 11 meeting of these two.
The total in this one is set at nine and I don’t see it coming close to that with this match up. Even on Friday where runs were crossing the plate balls weren’t flying out of the park.