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MLB Predictions: Will the Red Sox best the Rays today? 3/31/18

Who has the edge when the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet up again today at 6:10PM ET?

GAME SNAPSHOT

(923) Boston Red Sox at (924) Tampa Bay Rays

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Location: Tropicana Field – St. Petersburg, Florida

Weather: Indoors

Time: 6:10PM ET

CURRENT ODDS

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Boston is favored in this game, as the Red Sox are getting odds of -170 to win against Tampa Bay. The Rays are getting a money line of +150 to prevail. The over/under total is currently listed at 8.5 runs.

PITCHING MATCHUP

Today’s pitching matchup features Rick Porcello on the mound for the Red Sox. Tampa Bay will counter with Andrew Kittredge. Porcello was the 2016 Cy Young winner, but struggled in 2017. He was 11-17 with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Porcello had 48 walks and 181 strikeouts. Kittredge is getting the first start of his career today. He pitched 15 innings last year in relief and had a 1.76 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP.

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PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION

The public betting for this game was unavailable as of this writing.

KEY INJURIES

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. Tampa Bay doesn’t have anyone new listed on the injury report for today’s contest.

BETTING STRATEGIES

After Tampa Bay picked up a 6-4 win over Boston on Thursday, the Red Sox countered on Friday with a 1-0 victory. Thursday’s game featured some great pitching. David Price went seven innings and allowed just four hits and no walks with five strikeouts to get the win. Craig Kimbrell struck out the side in the ninth to earn his first save.

Blake Snell pitched 5.2 innings for the Rays and allowed just three hits. Chaz Roe gave up the lone run of the game in the seventh as Rafael Devers had a RBI single for the Red Sox.

Boston continues to have the better pitching taking the mound today. Though Porcello struggled last year, he still has Cy Young ability in him. Kittredge is making his first-ever MLB start and that has to be nerve-wracking for him. It’s a tough draw to face this Boston lineup as well, which is set to explode any day now.

MLB PREDICTIONS: BOSTON RED SOX -170

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