Motivation Is The Key- Take Red Sox To Cover The Spread vs. Rays

Boston Red Sox

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:10 PM GMT

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 4:10 PM GMT

Tonight The Red Sox and Rays face for  3rd game of their early week set. Our MLB pick lies with the more motivated road team with their ace starter on the mound and we do it on the run line with tremendous historical support.

Boston Red Sox (Porcello) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (Andriese)
The Tampa Bay season ended with a thud in mid-July, when they concluded a month-long slide of 3-24. I stated at that time that their OPS numbers were a key indicator that this should be at least a .500 team. In other words, the 3-24 slide was “FAUX.” Since that time, the Rays have performed to a more “FO” REAL” record of 18-16. But, they are still just 52-72 on the season with a record of 30-37 on this field. That’s good for 18½ games behind the Blue Jays and Red Sox in the AL East race. In short, they are going nowhere and are well aware of it!

The Red Sox had their own slide in June and for a while, it was questioned whether all their potential would turn out to be “FAUX” for the season. The Red Sox, however, have answered that they are “FO’ REAL” with runs of 29-16 and 10-2. That has pulled them even at 71-54 with the Toronto Blue Jays for the lead in the AL East. And, it should be noted that they trail Cleveland and Texas by only 1 ½ games for the best record in the American League. With plenty of momentum and motivation and their best starter on the mound, we are eager to ride the Red Sox’ hot streak tonight!

On the mound, it appears to be a starting pitcher mismatch. Following a promising start to the season, the Rays have lost the last 4 starts by Andriese, as he transitioned into the starting rotation from the bullpen. He has failed to work more than 5 1/3 innings in any start. With a 0-3 record in his most recent 3 starts, Andriese has totaled just 15 IP, allowing 14 runs and 21 hits (including 7 HRs). Must far prefer the right-handed slants of Boston’s Porcello, who is 17-3 with a 3.22 ERA for the year! Boston has won 11 of his last 12 starts. In his most recent 5 starts, Porcello is 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 29/4 K/BB. Against Tampa Bay this season, Porcello is 3-0 in 3 starts with a 2.25 ERA and 22/4 K/BB.  

We are eager to lay the runs, knowing that 55 of 71 Red Sox’ wins have come by 2 or more runs, including 25 of 33 on the road. I invite you to put the odds in your favor and join me in my MLB pick on the Boston Red Sox tonight.

 

Free MLB Pick: Red Sox -1½ +116
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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