Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox meet for game two of their two game series. The Rays are -120 favorites over the Red Sox with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Tampa Bay Rays had their share of chances on Wednesday to make their lead in the game over the Red Sox more comfortable and while they didn’t score many they scored enough to get the win. On Wednesday Carlos Pena and Sean Rodriguez each had two hits and Luke Scott and Matt Joyce added hits as the Rays scored two runs on eight hits in all. On the mound Jeremy Hellickson allowed five hits and a run while striking out six over six innings to earn his fourth win of the year while Fernando Rodney earned his 12th save of the young season. For Thursday’s game Tampa Bay starts Matt Moore who has been hit pretty hard in spots this year. For the season Moore has allowed 43 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 34 over 39 innings of work for a 5.31 ERA.
The Boston Red Sox dropped another game in the standings on Wednesday as they lost to the first place Rays. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Mike Aviles had two hits each and Dustin Pedroia had a hit as the Red Sox scored just once on seven hits. On the mound Clay Buchholz pitched well allowing six hits and two earned runs while striking out five over five innings but he picked up his second loss of the season. For Thursday’s game Boston starts Feliz Doubront who has won three of his last four starts. For the season Doubront has allowed 38 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 37 over 38.1 innings for a 4.46 ERA.
Tampa Bay is 38-14 in their last 52 home games, 17-7 in their last 24 games overall, and 2-5 in Moore’s last seven starts. Boston is 5-1 in their last six games overall, 3-10 in their last 13 games as an underdog, and 5-2 in Doubront’s last seven starts.
The Rays are the better team and for that reason I like them to win this one but at these odds it is a bad bet.
Tampa Bay Rays -120 Boston Red Sox