Tampa Bay has dropped six of its last seven games, including a 7-4 setback to Boston as +152 road underdogs Tuesday—allowing 47 runs in its six losses over that period of time.
The Rays are 26th in the league with a .223 batting average against left-handed pitching, which has played a big part in the team’s 2-6 record versus southpaw starters in the early stages of the 2014 season.
MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 4-3 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, with the UNDER going 5-1-1 in that situation.
Boston has put together a 13-14 record with a single game left in April, as it looks to break out offensively with the recent return of outfielder Shane Victorino, who is coming off a four-hit performance last night.
For the first homestand this season, the Red So are playing with their full starting nine, including Victorino and third baseman Will Middlebrooks.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is 24-24 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the OVER going 27-17-4 in those 48 opportunities.
Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (2-1, 4.11 ERA) has watched the squad alternate wins and losses over his last four efforts, as he didn’t earn a decision in a 9-6 road defeat to the Chicago White Sox last time out.
The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.50 ERA in three road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .346 against him.
In three career games versus the Red Sox, Archer has compiled a 1-2 record and 5.27 ERA.
Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront (1-3, 6.00 ERA) will look to bounce back from a 14-5 home loss to the New York Yankees last Thursday, as he allowed seven runs (three earned) and six hits over 2.2 innings of work.
The left-hander is 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA in three home games—serving up two home runs and issuing seven walks in 12 combined frames.
In 11 lifetime appearances (eight starts) versus the Rays, Doubront has put together a 2-3 mark and 3.24 ERA.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Red Sox as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 5-2 in Doubront’s last seven starts in this series.
Pick: Boston Red Sox -115