Closer Look at the Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox Baseball Lines Pick & Game InfoTime: Thursday, 5:10 p.m. ET Venue: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts National TV: none Opening line: TBA It was always going to be a struggle for a Tampa Bay (51-52) team that has very little power in their line-up. Tampa Bay has pitched and defended very well all year, but it’s tough to win games at a consistent clip when you just cannot get runs across the plate. Injuries have been a bit of an issue for the Rays this season, too, but they are pretty healthy right now. The second half has begun the same way as the first half ended, with .500 ball pretty much the order of the day. Tampa is coming into this series on a little bit of a high after taking 2 of 3 from the Detroit Tigers, but the reality is that they need a lot of help if they are to get back into playoff contention. Erasmo Ramirez (8-4, 3.74 ERA) will be looking to bounce back after taking the loss in his last start. No-one really knew what to expect from the Boston Red Sox (44-58) this season, but there were very few people who predicted they would be this bad. Boston finished at the bottom of the AL East last season, but the general consensus was that they might be a good bet to make the jump from worst to first. That obviously hasn’t happened, and there is a lot of blame to be passed around for their poor performance this season. Poor pitching is right at the top of the list, though, as the Red Sox are on pace to become the first team in the AL to give up 500 runs this season. They simply do not have anyone that can be classified as an ace in their starting rotation, and they will continue to struggle as long as that stays the case. Eduardo Rodriguez (6-3, 4.26 ERA) will be looking for back to back wins when he takes to the hill on Friday.
Key Betting Trends
- Tampa Bay is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games
- Tampa Bay is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 9 games