Red Sox vs. Rays Pick
Will the Tampa Bay Rays manage to navigate the pitching of the Boston Red Sox again when the two meet tonight at 7:10PM ET?
Friday, March 30, 2018
Location: Tropicana Field – St. Petersburg, Florida
Time: 7:10PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Boston is favored in this game, as the Red Sox are getting odds of -155 to win against Tampa Bay. The Rays are getting a money line of +140 to prevail. The over/under total is currently listed at 7.5 runs.
The pitching matchup tonight has David Price on the mound for the Red Sox to face Blake Snell of the Rays. Price was just 6-3 last season over 11 starts. He had a 3.38 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP. Snell is coming off a 5-7 record last year over 24 starts. He had a 4.04 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP. Snell had 119 strikeouts with 59 walks.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public is backing the Red Sox today. Boston is currently getting 70 percent of the wagers for this game as the road favorite against the Rays.
Tampa Bay has second baseman Brad Miller listed on the injury report for today’s game. Miller is listed as probable to play despite a toe injury. Boston has second baseman Dustin Pedroia out until late May with a knee injury. Pedroia appeared in 105 games last season and hit .293 with 62 RBI.
The Rays managed to rally in the eighth inning on Thursday. After trailing 4-0, Tampa put up six runs in the eighth to grab a win. The rally ruined a 6-inning, 9-strikeout effort from Chris Sale on the mound. Joe Kelly and Carson Smith combined to blow the save.
Tampa got six innings from Chris Archer. He allowed the four Boston runs while recording six strikeouts. Denard Span was the hero at the plate with his three-run triple in the eighth to put the Rays ahead. Alex Colome then closed the door in the ninth to earn his first save.
Boston could use some more hitting. While four runs is usually enough for Sale, it wasn’t enough for the bullpen. J.D. Martinez went hitless in his debut with the team and Hanley Ramirez also had a goose egg at the plate. I wouldn’t expect that to continue today. Price still has good stuff on the mound and should be able to give Boston the lead it needs to win today.
MLB PREDICTIONS: BOSTON RED SOX -155