Boston Red Sox Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick and Betting Odds
- Updated: April 22, 2015
Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Prediction and Betting Odds. The 9-5 Boston Red Sox are set to take on the 6-8 Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida tonight April 22, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 7:10 PM
Moneylines: Red Sox -120 / Rays +100
O/U: 8 runs
Pitching Match Up
Boston: Joe Kelly (1-0, 2.13 ERA)
Tampa Bay: Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.58 ERA)
In their last games: In Game 1 of this 3 game series yesterday the Red Sox beat the Rays 1-0.
The Red Sox go into Tampa Bay for the 2nd game of a 3-game series tonight. 1-0 Joe Kelly gets the starting nod for the Red Sox and 1-1 Nathan Kams goes for the Rays. The Red Sox open at -120 with a total of 8 runs. Boston is in first place in the NL East and they are the only team in the division that is over .500. The Red Sox won a pitching duel last night in a 1-0 win over the Rays, but overall their staff only ranks 23rd in the Majors in team ERA. However, the offense has been solid ranking 4th in runs scored. The Rays are losers of 4 straight games and they have been shut out in 2 of their last 3 games. They are in the basement of the AL East and they have lost 5 of their last 6 games facing division opponents.
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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:
In the last 4 games between these 2 teams in Tampa Bay the total has gone Under every time.
The Red Sox are 4-0 in Kelly’s last 4 road starts.
5-0 in Kelly’s last 5 starts overall.
This season the Rays are 1-6 at home and the Red Sox are 5-2 on the road. .
Boston Red Sox: 9-5 SU / O/U 9-5 / Run Line W/L 6-8
Tampa Bay Rays: 6-8 SU / O/U 8-6 / Run Line W/L 8-6
• BOS is 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
• BOS is 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record.
• BOS has an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
• TB is 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
• TB is 0-4 in their last 4 home games.
• TB has an Over record of 6-2 in their last 8 home games.
[C] 04/04/2015 – Christian Vazquez 60-day DL (3/30), out for season ( Elbow )
[LF] 04/21/2015 – Hanley Ramirez is expected to be in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay Rays ( Illness )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Edwin Escobar 15-day DL (3/29) ( Shoulder )
[P] 04/18/2015 – Jeff Beliveau 15-day DL (4/16) ( Shoulder )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Alex Cobb 15-day DL (3/27) ( Forearm )
[C] 04/09/2015 – John Jaso 15-day DL (4/7) ( Wrist )
[1B] 04/09/2015 – James Loney 15-day DL (4/7) ( Oblique )
[P] 04/04/2015 – Alex Colome 15-day DL (3/27) ( Pneumonia )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Drew Smyly 15-day DL (3/27) ( Shoulder )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Jake McGee 15-day DL (4/6) ( Elbow )
[P] 04/06/2015 – Matt Moore 60-day DL (4/6) ( Elbow )
[SS] 04/06/2015 – Nick Franklin 15-day DL (3/27) ( Oblique )
Free MLB Pick
The Rays have not been impressive either at the plate ranking 24th in runs or on the mound 17th in team ERA. Nathan Karns has been up and down this season in his 3 starts and in his last one he only allowed 2 hits, but both were HR and the Rays lost to the Yankees 5-4. He has never faced the Red Sox and while he does have 17 strikeouts in 17 innings of work this season he has also walked 10 battlers.
Kelly has never faced the Rays and after an impressive first outing of the season he was decent in the last one giving up 2 earned runs in 5 innings in a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. In an interesting stat when he has thrown at least 97 pitched he is 13-1 with an ERA of only 2.51. He will be facing a struggling Tampa Bay offense, which is why I am taking the Red Sox in this game.