Red Sox look to bounce the Rays
The Boston Red Sox will get a chance to knock the Tampa Bay Rays out of the playoffs on Monday night as the two teams meet in Florida for Game 3 of their best-of-five ALDS.
The Red Sox outscored the Rays 19-6 over the first two games of this postseason series at Fenway Park, winning big by a score of 12-2 back in Game 1 last Friday and then picking up a 7-4 victory in Game 2 of the series on Saturday.
Alex Cobb gets the call for the Tampa Bay Rays and he will try to build on a 12-3 mark. In the other dugout, Clay Buchholz brings a 12-1 ledger to the game for the Red Sox as he tries to quiet the Rays bats.
This game matches up the No. 13 (Rays) and the No. 4 (Red Sox) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 12-rated offense, averaging 4.28 runs per game, against a Red Sox defense that ranks No. 13 at 4.04 in runs allowed per game. The Rays have averaged 8.68 hits per game so far, less than Red Sox batters have averaged on the year (9.7 hits per game).
Boston brings the No. 13-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Rays's No. 12-ranked defense.
A few Red Sox at Rays trends to consider:
Boston is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
Boston at Tampa Bay, Tuesday, October 8th