Rays Hoping To End Boston's Seven Game Win Streak

Red Sox vs. Rays predictions 2017

The Boston Red Sox will be going for their eighth straight win when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the second game of their two-game series.

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Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Betting Prediction

  • When: August 09, 2017, 7:08 PM ET`
  • Where: Tropicana Field
  • Moneyline: Red Sox -119 vs Rays +109
  • Over/Under: 8,5
  • Coverage: ESPN

Red Sox Analysis

The Red Sox eight game win streak has helped them increase their lead in the AL East to four games over the New York Yankees and 6.5 games over the Rays.

With a three-game road series against the Yankees coming up next, a win by Boston over the Rays on Wednesday guarantees they don’t have to worry about losing their division lead even if they get swept by the Yankees over the weekend.

On Tuesday, Chris Sale dominated the Rays, allowing only two hits and striking out 13 batters in eight innings of solid work. The Red Sox are hoping to get the same type of performance from Rick Porcello on Wednesday night.

Sale struck out 13 across eight innings allowing only three base runners and no runs. Craig Kimbrel came in for the ninth inning and notched his 28th save of the year.

The Red Sox pitching staff deserves most of the credit for their seven game winning streak, but their batters have come through on several occasions during the stretch, which is something the team’s fans have to be excited about after a stretch in which the team was struggling to score runs.

If Boston can maintain its current pace, it shouldn’t have any problem winning the AL East.

Starting Pitcher Analysis

2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello will get the start against the Rays. Porcello has really struggled this year and has a 5-14 record in 23 starts.

The Red Sox had been hoping he would have a similar season to the one he had last year, which would have given them a great 1-2 combination with him and Sale, who was acquired in the offseason.

He is, at least, nevertheless, gobbling up innings for the Red Sox averaging 6.1 innings a game. He is also striking out hitters at a career-high 8.2 K/9, and might fire things up tonight against a lineup that is strikeout-prone.

Since the All-Star break, Porcellos struggles have continued and he has allowed 12 runs in his last three starts and has one win in his last six starts.

Red Sox Betting Trends

  • Boston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games

Tampa Bay Analysis

After the All-Star break, the Rays made a push for the top of the standings, but they have since lost the ground they made up as they have lost three of their last four games.

Tampa Bay got away with a 2-1 victory in their series finale against the Brewers to avoid the sweep. Steven Souza Jr. hit a walk-off solo homer for the game-winning RBI.

Wilson Ramos got the Rays on the board by grounding into a bases-loaded double play, scoring the run but not getting credit for the RBI.

Since they are still tied for the second spot in the Wildcard standings, this isn’t a make or break game for the Rays, but if they still want to win the AL East, they can’t afford to lose two home games in a row to the Red Sox.

Like the Red Sox, the Rays’ pitching staff has done a great job lately, and haven’t allowed more than three runs in their last six games.

Unfortunately for them, their batters haven’t been able to score runs, costing their pitchers quality starts.

Starting Pitcher Analysis

The Rays will send Jake Odorizzi to the mound to take on the Red Sox. In 18 starts, Odorizzi has a 6-4 record with a 4.47 ERA. Odorizzi has alternated between wins and losses in his last four starts and has allowed 11 runs in his last three starts.

Rays Betting Trends

  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Pick and Prediction

The Red Sox are on a roll right now, and should easily win this game. However, Porcello isn’t pitching with confidence and the Rays should be able to get some hits so take Tampa Bay in this one.

 
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