Tampa Bay vs Boston Baseball Lines Preview

Posted by Ryan Knuppel on April 19, 2016 in

In an American League East MLB odds rivalry game, the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox will mix it up in the second game of a three game series. The first game of the series was on Tuesday, and featured Drew Smyly for Tampa Bay against Joe Kelly of the Red Sox. In this game, the Red Sox will send Rick Porcello at home against Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Boston Red Sox following their Monday loss dropped to 6-6 on the season. For the Rays, they are in last in the American League East with a 5-7 record.

How To Bet on the Rays vs. Red Sox MLB Odds, TV and Game Info

When: Wednesday, April 20, 7:10 PM ET
Where: Fenway Park, Boston
TV: Fox Sports Sun
Radio: Rays and Red Sox
Stream Option: FoxSportsGo
Starting Pitchers: Rays: Chris Archer (0-3) vs. Rick Porcello (2-0)

Why Bet the Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays are coming off two straight wins over the Chicago White Sox. Despite those two wins, the Rays still remain at the bottom of the American League East standings. Tampa Bay is dead last in all of Major League Baseball in runs scored, with 34 on the season. Tampa Bay has scored just 11 total runs in their 7 losses this season. Tampa Bay will send Chris Archer to the mound in this one. Archer is 0-3, with a 5.87 earned run average to start the season. Archer is making his 97th career start, and is 32-35 in his career.

Why Bet the Red Sox

The Red Sox are coming off the frustrating loss on Monday, in which David Ortiz struck out looking to end the game. The loss sent the Red Sox back to .500, and a four game split with the Blue Jays. Boston’s offense is led by Ortiz, who is batting .306 on the season with 3 homeruns and 10 runs batted in. The Red Sox as a team are batting .265, which is 8th in Major League Baseball. The pitching for Boston has a 4.75 team earned run average. Rick Porcello is coming off back to back wins over the Blue Jays, and has struck out 15 batters through his first 12.1 innings pitched.

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Expert Score & Prediction

The Boston Red Sox are a little bit of an underdog in this game. Rick Porcello has gotten off to a good start, winning 2 games already. Chris Archer is kind of on the other side, as he has struggled a little bit in the early going. The Boston offense is better than Tampa Bay, but the problem is Chris Archer has shut down stuff. Look for Archer to pitch well, but gain a no decision. This will be a bullpen game, and the home team gets last bats. Look for the Boston Red Sox +108 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.

The final score prediction: Red Sox 5 – Rays 4.