Rays vs. Red Sox Pick
Will the Boston Red Sox have a flawless home opener when they play host to the Tampa Bay Rays today at 2:05PM ET?
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Location: Fenway Park – Boston, Massachusetts
Weather: Sunny, 42 degrees, 24mph Winds
Time: 2:05PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Boston is clearly favored in this game, as the Red Sox are getting odds of -250 to win against Tampa Bay. The Rays are getting a money line of +215 to prevail. The over/under total is currently listed at 8.5 runs.
The pitching matchup today has Yonny Chirinos on the mound for the Rays to face David Price of the Red Sox. Chinros has appeared in one game this year, but was not the starter. He pitched four innings against the Red Sox on Sunday at home and allowed just one hit with three strikeouts. Price earned a win over the Rays back on Friday as he pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits with five strikeouts.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public betting for this game is backing Boston. The Red Sox are getting 81 percent of the wagers on this contest as the favorite at home against the Rays.
Tampa Bay has nobody new listed on the injury report for today’s contest. Boston continues to be without Dustin Pedroia, who is out until May due to offseason surgery.
The Red Sox are off to a 5-1 start to the season, which included three wins over the Rays in Tampa during a four-game series to start the year. Boston has put up 21 runs over six games while allowing just 14. Xander Bogaerts has 10 hits with five doubles and two RBI to lead the Sox at the plate while Rafael Devers has driven in a team-high five runs.
Tampa won its opener against Boston, 6-4, but has lost five straight since to the Sox and the Yankees. The Rays have scored 15 runs over five games while allowing 28. Denard Span is leading Tampa at the plate with dix RBI while Carlos Gomez and Brad Miller have the lone home runs on the team.
Chirinos had four good innings against the Red Sox last week, but I think it’s going to be different in a starting situation at Boston. The Red Sox have Price on the mound and he looked locked in last week and should be able to dominate this poor Tampa lineup again. The money line is a little too big to wager on, but I feel good about the Sox winning on the run line of -1.5.
MLB PREDICTIONS: BOSTON RED SOX -1.5 (-135)