Preview: Rays at Red Sox

Current Conditions - Boston
M/SUNNY 55 °F
Wind: SW 5
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Tampa Bay Rays (75-81) at Boston Red Sox (68-88)
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, September 23 - 7:10 PM EST
WHERE: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
LINE: -125, 115 TOTAL: 7.5


When the 2014 schedule was released, a late-September series between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays looked like a potential battle for supremacy in the American League East. Instead, the two teams at the bottom of the division will be squaring off when the Red Sox host the Rays on Tuesday. Boston, the defending World Series champion, is 68-88 and sits seven games behind fourth-place Tampa Bay as the two play out the string.

The Red Sox took two of three from first-place Baltimore over the weekend to finish up a 5-5 road trip and are kicking off the final homestand of the season. The Rays are finishing up with their final six on the road after dropping three of four to end their home slate. Tampa Bay, which lost to the Red Sox in the AL Division Series last fall, saw its pitching staff surrendered double-digit runs for the first time since June 5 in a 10-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, Sun Sports (Tampa Bay), NESN (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Alex Cobb (9-8, 2.82 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Clay Buchholz (8-9, 5.29)

Cobb is winless in his last five starts despite allowing a total of seven earned runs in that span. The Massachusetts native yielded more than two earned runs for the first time since July 4 on Wednesday, when the New York Yankees reached him for three runs on four hits in six innings. Cobb took the loss against Boston on Aug. 31, yielding one earned run on seven hits in 6 1/3 frames.

Buchholz had a string of three straight wins and four straight quality starts come to an end at Pittsburgh on Wednesday, when he was ripped for five runs – four earned – on six hits and a walk in four innings. The former All-Star completed at least six innings in each of his previous seven starts. Buchholz’s best outing in that stretch came at Tampa Bay on Aug. 31, when he struck out six in a three-hit shutout.

WALK-OFFS

1. Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts was pulled from Sunday’s game with a stiff neck and is day-to-day.

2. Tampa Bay utilityman Sean Rodriguez is 2-for-26 in his last 13 games.

3. Boston OF Rusney Castillo recorded his first career stolen base Sunday and has a hit in each of his first four starts.

PREDICTION:
Rays 4, Red Sox 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Tampa Bay 75-81 L1 36-45 39-36 35-38 13-16 17-17 10-10
Boston 68-88 W1 31-44 37-44 28-42 17-16 14-19 9-11

Last Meeting

Tampa Bay Boston
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/1/14 BOS 3 TB 4 x .250 0 .595 .176 1 .567

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
TB E. Longoria .266 17 .622
BOS X. Bogaerts .259 14 .715
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
TB D. Jennings 2 8 5
BOS B. Holt 1 6 5
Pitching ERA Avg K
TB 3.40 .219 158
BOS 3.21 .224 121
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
TB J. Loney .289 168 .718
BOS B. Holt .281 126 .711
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
TB E. Longoria 22 81 90
BOS D. Ortiz 35 59 104
Pitching ERA Avg K
TB 3.50 .248 1389
BOS 4.01 .242 1173

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 113 -123
105
9
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 115 -135
-105
7.5
Sportsbook 115 -135
-105
7.5
5Dimes.eu 116 -126
100
7.5
GTBets.eu
116
-126
-105
7.5
Top Bet 115 -125
-110
7.5
BetOnline.ag 115 -125
-105
7.5
BetDSI 112 -132
-110
7.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont 115 -135
-105
7.5
BookMaker.eu 112 -132
-110
7.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate 105
-115
-115
7.5
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Tampa Bay Overall Boston
75-81 W/L 68-88
65-91 RL W/L 66-90
70-77-9 O/U 66-85-5
3.83 Runs For 3.80
3.80 Runs Against 4.42
Tampa Bay A/H Boston
39-36 W/L 31-44
36-39 RL W/L 21-54
32-38-5 O/U 31-44-0
3.75 Runs For 3.77
3.88 Runs Against 4.64