Rays vs. Red Sox MLB Picks

Rays vs. Red Sox MLB Odds

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, July 10, 2016 1:41 PM GMT

The Rays will attempt to salvage the final game of this three-game set and snap a five-game funk while the Red Sox send ace David Price to the mound as an overwhelming MLB odds favorite.

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Rays Drop Five Straight
Nobody expected much from the Rays this season as evidenced by their 40-1 preseason odds to win the World Series. And they have pretty much lived up to their dubious billing. Tampa Bay is currently mired in the muck of the AL East with a 34-53 record and 16 ½ games behind the division leading Baltimore Orioles. The lineup has been largely ineffective, ranking in the bottom third of the league's team batting average (.241), runs produced (344) and on base percentage (.307). Third baseman and three-time All-Star Evan Longoria leads the team in all major offensive categories and has been the only real bright spot in an otherwise dour season.

The Rays' pitching has not been any better, ranking 24th in ERA (4.57) and 18th in opposition batting average (.263). Tampa Bay has now lost five straight after their 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Boston Red Sox yesterday. In this afternoon's finale Tampa will turn to righty Jake Odorizzi (3-4, 4.33 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) to stop the losing streak. Odorizzi is looking for redemption after getting torched in his Tuesday outing where he was pummeled by the Angels for seven runs in five plus innings of work resulting in a 13-5 setback. The 26-year-old veteran is 2-2 when starting against the Red Sox with an ERA of 4.07 and a WHIP of 1.253.

 

Is the Price Right?
When you ink a $217 million contract you had better be as good as advertised and David Price has not been the show-stopping ace that was promised when he left the small market confines of Tampa Bay, with brief stops in Detroit and Toronto last season, for the frenzied baseball hotbed that is Boston. Price is now 8-6 with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP heading into his last start before the All-Star break. He's not been great but with all the starting pitching woes Boston has had this season he has been critical as the third best pitcher in the rotation after knuckle-baller Steven Wright and Rick Porcello.

The oddsmakers are asking a lot to back the mediocre David Price in this one, currently favoring Boston -224 at Pinnacle. Yet we are going to lay the lumber. It is inevitable David Price will come up with one of his trademark sparkling performances and it could very well happen this afternoon against an anemic Tampa Bay lineup.

In addition, Jake Odorizzi has historically regressed as the season grows longer. Over the first two months of the season Odorizzi boasted a 3.36 ERA but then turned in a 4.96 ERA for June. In his first start in July he was waxed for seven runs by the hard-hitting Angels.

The Red Sox have also feasted on right-handers this season to the tune of a .293 batting average. Look for the top offense in the league to chase the vulnerable Odorizzi early.

MLB pick: Red Sox -224
Best Line Offered:  at Pinnacle
MLB Record: 47-23, +24.53 units

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