Tampa Bay Rays (10-13 ) vs Boston Red Sox (19-5)Date : 04/29/2018
Time : 7:10 PM ET
Location : Fenway Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox will return to Fenway Park where they are currently 8-1 at home currently the best home record in the league as they will welcome the Red hot Tempa Bay Rays who are currently on a 6 game winning streak.
The Rays hoping to change the outcome of this second series meet as in the first meeting the Red Sox came up with the sweep.
Tampa Bay Rays's Latest Performance :
Coming into this series the Rays are riding a 6 game winning streak with a series sweep over the Twins and the Orioles. It is unfortunate for the Rays to get a matchup with the Red Sox again as they will try to carry on the momentum they created in the previous series into Fenway Park.
During this win streak, the Rays have been putting up runs scoring at least eight runs for the 5th straight games which is their franchise record. The Rays got homers from C.J. Cron and Ramos and as a team scored 8 runs. They have really been on a tear offensively, their strategy is to jump out to an early start and don’t allow the opposing side any chance to come back.
Now they will have to face a really great team the Boston Red Sox who has scored 43 runs in the past five contest. Expect these two teams to go neck and neck, it should be an offensive masterpiece displayed by both teams.
Pitching for the Rays will be Yonny Chirinos, Yonny struck out six over 4 2/3 innings of work while allowing two runs in his start on Sunday against the Twins. His ERA is currently at 2.92. He should be making his second start against the Red Sox on Saturday.
Boston Red Sox's Latest Performance :
Arguably the hottest start to a season in Major league history as the Red Sox won 17 out of 19 games although they did finally cool off dropping 3 straight games and bouncing back to beat the Blue Jays. As the team will look to go on another winning streak as they return home to Fenway Park. The Red Sox have only dropped a single game at home and that came from a loss against their rivals the Yankees earlier this month.
Martinez is coming off a 3 run homer that ultimately sealed the deal for the Red Sox as they ended their 9 game road trip with a win against the AL East rival Toronto. It was his 5th homer of the season proving why he is worth the extension money.
The Red Sox went 6-9 in their road trip giving them a record of 19-5 leads the Majors. Their current record is the best start by any team in MLB since 2003. The Red Sox will be looking to sweep the Rays for the second time in a row this season.
Taking the pitch for the Red Sox will be Rick Porcello. He has been Boston’s best starter early in the season, as the righty has displayed his Cy Young form of two seasons ago. Porcello has four walks and 32 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .189 batting average.
How Tampa Bay Rays & Boston Red Sox Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Red Sox are 7-1 in their last 8 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Against The Spread Selection: Boston Red Sox
My reason for the pick :
Even though the Rays are playing their best baseball this season their competition isn’t as good as the Red Sox. The Red Sox are in the league of their own however it will be a great test to see if the Rays are legit or not by seeing how they match up with one another.
The Red Sox are 8-1 at home for a reason and they won’t be giving up homecourt to anyone anytime soon and with Porcello controlling the mound, he should be able to handle business at home.
The Red Sox to win game 2 over the Rays at home.
Betting trends for Tampa Bay Rays:
- Rays are 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
Betting trends for Boston Red Sox:
- Red Sox are 7-1 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.