Red Sox Over Rays in Good Pitching Matchup

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Kevin Stott

Friday, April 14, 2017 4:21 PM GMT

Friday, Apr. 14, 2017 4:21 PM GMT

The Tampa Bay Rays were swept by the Yankees in the Big Apple and now head to Beantown to face Rick Porcello and the Red Sox at historic Fenway Park on Friday night in Game 1 of a four-game AL East series.

Odds Overview

Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox (NESN, SUN, Directv 628, 7:10 p.m. ET): RHP Rick Porcello and the Red Sox (5-4) welcome RHP Chris Archer and the Rays (5-4) at Fenway Park in Boston on Friday night for Game 1 of this 4-game AL East series. Sportsbooks have Boston -125 favorites (BetOnline) -- down from an opening -158 -- with the Total 8½u -120 (BookMaker) and the Run Line market seeing the Red Sox -1½ +174 with TB +1½ -161 (Heritage). The Carmines are scheduled to send Chris Sale to the mound against Jake Odorizzi in Game 2 Saturday (4:05 p.m.), Drew Pomeranz in Game 3 on Sunday against Alex Cobb (1:35 p.m.) with Boston’s Steven Wright going up against Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell in the series finale Monday (11:05 a.m. ET) on Patriots' Day.



Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays (100/1 to win World Series, Heritage) head in 0-3 on the Road, the only AL East club without an away win yet as they embark on a 4-game series in Beantown with everyone in the division at or above the .500 mark save for the struggling Blue Jays (1-8). In its last game, a 3-2 loss at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday which gave the Bronx Bombers (19 RF-7 RA) the sweep, Rays manager Kevin Cash put out a starting Lineup of: DH Dickerson, CF Kiermaier, 3B Longoria, 2B Miller, RF Souza Jr., 1B Morrison, SS Robertson, LF Smith, C Sucre with Matt Andriese starting.


The Rays (50/1 to win AL, Bovada) are 20-44 L64 on Grass, 16-36 L52 Road games and 18-42 L60 Game 1s of a series. The Over is 19-7-2 in ace Archer’s L28 Starts on Grass, 20-7-1 his L28 Road Stars while the Under is 9-4 L13 Archer Game 1s.


Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox (+650 to win World Series, rallied to beat the Pirates in an IL make-up game Thursday at Fenway Park, 4-3 with Boston only mustering 7 Hits with Xander Bogaerts the only player with multiple Hits (2). In that game, Manager John Farrell had a starting lineup of: 2B Pedroia, LF Benintendi, CF Betts, DH Ramírez, 1B Moreland, SS Bogaerts, 3B Hernández, C Vázquez, LF Holt with Eduardo Rodríguez getting the start.


Boston (+265 to win AL, Bovada) is 5-0 Porcello’s L5 Starts when an opponent has scored 2 Runs or less their previous games, 13-4 L17 Friday games, an impressive 24-8 L32 Game 1s and 9-1 Porcello’s L10 Game 1 Starts. The Under is 16-5-2 L23 Boston Grass games, 16-5-1 L22 vs. RHP and 18-6-2 L26 Bosox games overall.


Weather Forecast, Series Trends Back Carmines

TWC forecast for Boston on Friday calls for Clear Skies and a Low of 41°, so somewhat chilly New England conditions conducive to an 'Under.' With the Bosox 5-1 L6 meetings in Boston, sitting on one Home Loss and the Rays winless on the Road, backing ace Porcello and Boston in this Game 1 spot is the MLB Pick, especially with TB 1-10 L11 Archer Starts vs. the Red Sox.


Predicted Final Score: Red Sox 5, Rays 3Free MLB Pick: Red Sox -135Best Line Offered: JustBet

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