Boston vs Tampa Bay Pro Baseball Odds Analysis
The struggling Boston Red Sox will turn to veteran left-hander David Price on Thursday afternoon in order to help them snap out of the funk they’ve been in when they host the Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of their three-game AL East series. The Rays will counter with right-hander Jake Odorizzi to help them build on the three-game winning streak they put together heading into Wednesday night. Okay, now let’s find out who’s going to win this division MLB betting odds showdown.
How To Bet The Rays @ Red Sox MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Thursday, April 21 – 1:35 PM EST
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: Fox Sports Sun, NESN
Radio: Rays and Red Sox
TV Stream: FoxSportsGo
Probable Starters: Rays: Jake Odorizzi (0-1) vs Red Sox: David Price (2-0)
MLB Odds: TBA
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Why Bet the Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays look like a solid wager in this contest mostly because they’ve been gotten some stellar pitching recently. Tampa Bay beat Boston 3-0 in their series opener on Tuesday after winning the final two games of their three-game series against the White Sox over the weekend.
The Rays will hand the ball to right-hander Jake Odorizzi hoping he can duplicate his last start. The veteran hurler shut Chicago out for seven innings while striking out six and allowing just four hits. Unfortunately, Odorizzi got a no-decision despite retiring the last 11 batters he faced. In three starts this season spanning 18.2 innings, Odorizzi has allowed five earned runs on 17 hits while striking out 20.
Why Bet the Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox are a good wager in this contest because they’re desperate and have a gifted hurler on the mound in David Price. Boston has lost three straight and six of its last nine games, but they’ve won two of Price’s three starts this season.
On Saturday, the ace southpaw struck out nine and walked none in a solid 4-2 win over the Blue Jays. Price has limited the opposition to two runs in two of his three starts this season although he did get smacked around for five earned runs in Boston’s 9-7 loss against Baltimore last Monday. Price has made three career starts against the Rays — his former team – while posting a 1-2 record with a 4.26 ERA.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
David Price has struggled when he’s faced his former team, which is why I like Tampa Bay to get the win in this contest. The Rays have gone 6-1 in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and a near-perfect 4-1 in their last five games against a left-handed starter.
Conversely, the Boston Red Sox are just 7-20 in their last 27 games after losing the first 2 games of a series and 1-4 in their last five games against a team with a losing record. More importantly, the Rays are a perfect 4-0 in their last four road games against Boston.
My final score prediction: Tampa Bay 5 Boston 4