Tampa Bay Rays (8-13) vs Boston Red Sox (17-5)Date : 04/27/2018
Time : 7:10 PM EDT
Location : Fenway Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox will welcome the Rays to Fenway Park where the Red Sox are currently 8-1 as they try to rediscover their early season form after a hot 17-2 start to the season.
The Rays who hasn’t been great on the road this season will have to face a really tough challenge ahead of them.
Tampa Bay Rays's Latest Performance :
The Tampa Bay Rays are coming off a series sweep against the Twins as they travel to Boston to face the Red Sox. The Rays are trailing Boston by 9 games.
Look for Carlos Gomez to bring his A-game to Fenway Park as he hit a walk-off two-run homer in Tampa Bay’s 8-6 victory over the Twins. It is the third homer of the season for Gomez. The veteran outfielder has gotten off to a horrific start to his time with the Rays, and even with the homer his OPS sits at just .536. but Gomez is too talented and it is still very early in the season look for his number to go up the next few games.
The Rays are 8-13 they are starting to string up some solid victories in the last games and they are hoping to build off their momentum win but the Rays are unfortunate that the Red Sox are their next opponent as the Red Sox are trying to bounce back as well after their two-game slip. This will be a massive challenge for the Rays yet. The Rays are 2-6 on the road this year.
Blake Snell should be taking the mound for the Rays he allowed only one run on five hits in seven innings. He finished his early evening’s work having thrown an even 100 pitches, 68 of those for strikes.
Boston Red Sox's Latest Performance :
The Red Sox are hoping to overcome their losing slump as they return home to Fenway Park where they are 8-1 at home this season after their hot start the Red Sox has cooled down dropping 3 of their last four games loss coming from Oakland and Toronto.
The reason to why the Red Sox cooled down after the fire start to the season, it is their offense. Bases are loaded with two outs in the ninth down by a run. They tied the game with Holt with an RBI single. The bases could have stayed loaded for Mookie but third-base coach Carlos Febles pushed the call on the hit by Holt and also waved Nunez around from second. That ended up backfired as Granderson made a perfect throw home to nail Nunez by five to ten feet sending the game to extras. Eventually, the Red Sox end up losing by a homer.
Plays like these make you wonder will the Red Sox be able to cope under pressure when the games are more at stake we will find out as the season progresses. It also shows you how important are the play calling in this level because everyone has to be alert to what is going on around them.
Porcello continues his dominance striking out 9 (1.93 ERA) giving up 3 runs and 3 hits over 7th innings.
Pitching for the Red Sox will be Chris Sale. He allowed three earned runs, six hits, and a walk with 10 strikeouts over seven innings in a loss at Oakland on Saturday. Sale suffered his first loss of the season, but he turned in a quality start and his counterpart, Sean Manaea, tossed a no-hitter. The 10 strikeouts were also a season-best for Sale. He has allowed just 22 hits with two homers and six walks while striking out 41 batters over 29 innings through five outings. The wins might not be flowing right now, but they’re coming.
How Tampa Bay Rays & Boston Red Sox Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Red Sox are 17-4 in their last 21 overall.
Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
Against The Spread Selection: Boston Red Sox
My reason for the pick :
The Red Sox will put on quite a performance as they finally return to Fenway Park putting the league on notice showing that it was just a slight hiccup dropping a few games on the road and their 17-2 start was no fluke. The Red Sox should be able to handle business at home against the Rays as they are almost perfect at home this season dropping only 1 game.
Red Sox to improve their home record to 9-1.
Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays:
- The Rays are 2-6 when playing on the road this season.
Betting trends for Boston Red Sox:
- The Red Sox are 8-1 when playing at home this season.