Red Sox vs. Rays: Boston's Bats Will Plague Archer Again

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 2:40 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 2:40 PM UTC

The visiting Red Sox claimed the opener in this four-game set with the Rays but let's see what the MLB odds makers have to say about tonight's game as we look to cash a ticket.

Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays
The long grind of the Major League Baseball season continues as we dropped two over the weekend but responded with a winner to start the week as the LA Dodgers exploded with 18 runs yesterday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds. It's always good to catch a winner in our MLB picks but what we need to do is hit our stride and cobble together several winners in a row so we can get up and over 30 units on the season and fatten our bankroll before the playoffs begin.

Let's peruse the MLB odds in this showdown in Tampa tonight between two AL East rivals as the Red Sox will try to notch their second consecutive victory on the road against the Rays.


Boston Backs Buchholz
Clay Buchholz (2-8, 5.95, 1.47) has struggled throughout this season but has shown flashes of the dominating pitcher he once was and can be on occasion. Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has said more than once that Clay Buchholz has as much natural ability as he has ever seen but there is a disconnect in his mental toughness.

Nevertheless, Buchholz has been reinserted into the starting rotation after being demoted to the bullpen in early July. In the first of two starts since his return, he pitched fairly well against the Diamondbacks where he allowed three runs on three hits which ultimately resulted in a no decision for Buchholz but a 6-3 win for Boston. In his last outing, the lanky veteran hurled six innings of one run, six hit baseball but the club fell 4-3 on the road to Detroit.

Clay Buchholz is 8-7 when starting against the Rays with an ERA of 2.71 and a WHIP of 1.081 but his team's record is 9-12 (-2.5 units) in these starts. He has not faced the Rays since May of 2015 where he was touched for five runs and nine hits in a 5-1 setback to Tampa at Fenway Park.


Betting Analysis
In his four-year career Chris Archer (7-16, 4.18, 1.28) has been a solid major league pitcher for the Rays but this year he cannot catch a break as he leads the majors with the dubious distinction of having lost 16 games on the season and has gotten railed throughout his career by the opponent he is facing tonight. Yes, the Red Sox have done him dirty and for a long time as he is 1-9 when starting against Boston with an ERA of 5.82 and a WHIP of 1.679. His team's record is 4-10 (-8.8 units) in these starts. Archer was again torched by the Red Sox when last he faced them in July when he allowed five runs on seven hits in what resulted in a 6-5 loss to his club's AL East rivals.

This is a game where backing either pitcher is playing with fire. We know both Buchholz and Archer can pitch like aces at times but this season they have borne little resemblance to that. We are going to give the nod to Boston's Buchholz here as he looked very sharp in his last outing while Archer just has bad mojo against the ferocious lineup of the Boston Red Sox. In essence, you have a non-playoff club with nothing to play for and with an offense that ranks in the bottom third in runs scored, team batting average and on-base percentage versus a division powerhouse that is tops in all those categories, as well as slugging percentage, battling for division supremacy and a postseason berth.


Free MLB Pick: Red Sox +113 
Best Line Offered: at BetDSI 
Swinger’s MLB Record: 65-41, +22.29 units

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