Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
Tonight in the Sunshine State the Rays take on the Red Sox and they are favored with good reason, as they are 5-0 against Boston this season and have the best record in the Majors.
Boston Red Sox (24-21) at Tampa Bay Rays (32-12)
Bovada has the Rays as favorites posted at -135 with the Red Sox at +115 with a run total of 9 runs.
The Red Sox have won a couple of games in a row, but still trail Tampa Bay by 8.5 games in the tough AL East. The Rays are 8-2 in their last 10 games and the Red Sox are 6-4 in their last 10 games.
Tampa Bay is 5-0 against Boston this season and since the beginning of the 2008 season are 14-4 against the Red Sox at home.
This season Tampa Bay is 13-7 at home and Boston is 10-10 on the road.
In their last games both teams won yesterday, as Boston beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 and Tampa Bay beat the Houston Astros 10-6.
Taking the mound for Tampa Bay in tonight’s game is Wade Davis (4-3 3.35 ERA), who in his last outing went five innings giving up two earned runs in a win. On the hill for Boston is Clay Buchholz (5-3 3.26 ERA), who in his last start went eight innings giving up two earned runs in a win.
Buchholz has an ERA of only 1.88 while winning his last two starts and is 2-2 with a 2.01 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay in his career including losing to them earlier this season.
Dating back to last season Boston is 2-8 in Buchholz’s last 10 road starts against teams with a winning record and this season Tampa Bay is 5-2 when Davis has started.
Tampa Bay has scored the second most runs and given up the fewest runs in the AL.
Boston’s pitching has been their major downfall this season and they will have to keep a Tampa Bay offense in check, which will not be easy since they have scored the second most runs in the American League this season.
Boston is 5-1 in their last six games and Tampa Bay is 7-1 in their last eight games against teams with a winning record.
In Tampa Bay’s last eight home games the total has gone Under every time.
In tomorrow’s game James Shields (5-1 3.08 ERA) is slated to start for Tampa Bay and Jon Lester (4-2 3.47 ERA) is slated to take the mound for Boston.