MLB Picks and Parlays: Red Sox Look to Stay Hot Versus Rays
It’s amazing how fast the narrative can change around a baseball team. At last week’s trade deadline the Yankees were being praised for winning the sweepstakes with new veterans added for the pitching staff and in the field. Boston Red Sox was taking some serious heat for only adding eighth inning setup man (and former Mets closer) Addison Reed along with super utility player Eduardo Nunez.
Take a poll today and the Red Sox are looking like runaway winners. They have now won seven in a row right as the Yankees are slumping. They’ve soared back into first place four games up on New York.
Nunez is hitting .422 in 10 games with his new team to go along with 12 RBIs. Reed has pitched in four games, allowing one run and striking out four in 3.2 innings of work.
Tampa Bay Rays also started August with a bang, going into Houston and sweeping the AL best Astros. But they’ve dropped three of four since then, first against Milwaukee and then in the opener against Boston. With Kansas City slumping as well, they’ve been able to keep pace and are tied for the second wild card spot with three other teams within 1.5 games of them.
On Tuesday Boston won 2-0 behind another masterful performance from Chris Sale. He’s now 14-4 after firing a two hitter over eight innings to go along with 13 strikeouts. Austin Pruitt was stellar in a losing cause allowing one run on seven hits in six innings.
Rookie third baseman Rafael Devers continue to cement his place in the lineup since being called up 12 games ago. He’s hitting .319, slugging .553 and got the game winning RBI.
Rick Porcello (5-14, 4.70 ERA) snapped his five-game losing streak last week in his most unimpressive start of the bunch. The Red Sox put seven runs on the board in the first two innings against the lowly White Sox and he allowed five runs in 5.1 innings of work. Last year’s Cy Young winner looked good in July posting a 3.06 ERA and .221 opposing average, far and away his best month of the season. The Red Sox offense couldn’t come through. He’s 0-3 against the Rays this year with a 5.89 ERA. Tampa is hitting .299 off of him.
Jake Odorizzi (6-4, 4.47 ERA) is coming off the 10-day DL after a back injury sidelined him for the past two and a half weeks. He gave up three runs in four innings of a 6-5 loss to the Rangers last time out. The Rays have won just two of his last seven starts. He posted a 6.20 ERA in July, but opponents hit just .231 off of him. He’s pitched twice against Boston this year, allowing seven runs in 5.1 innings. They are hitting .375 off of him.
- 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 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
Cash It In: Boston are -120 favorites and Tampa +100 underdogs. This is tricky game to call with both pitchers struggling against their opponents. I think the rest did Odorizzi well and that all winning streaks have to come to an end. The Rays find a way. Tampa 7-5.