Red Sox Will Beat Rays in Patriots Day Early Start

Matthew Jordan

Sunday, April 16, 2017 10:27 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017 10:27 PM UTC

It’s not too often that baseball teams will finish a series on a Monday, but that’s the case from Fenway Park with an early 11:05 a.m. ET first pitch on Patriots Day as the Boston Red Sox conclude a set against the Tampa Bay Rays.

MLB Season Record: 4-3

Tampa Bay Rays At Boston Red Sox

Patriots Day is arguably the biggest day of the year in Boston and it gives us the earliest-starting Major League Baseball game of the season with the Rays and Red Sox set to start at 11:05 a.m. ET from Fenway Park. Of course, Patriots Day is also when the Boston Marathon is run. You can bet security will be incredibly tight across the city after that awful bombing during the marathon in 2013. Looks to be a nice day in Boston with highs forecast around 68 and only a 10 percent chance of precipitation.

Tampa Bay (6-7) has lost five of six after dropping Game 3 of the series on Sunday, 7-5. I’m thinking that Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel will not be available Monday because he got the save both Saturday and Sunday. The Sox (7-5) remain without outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. as he’s on the 10-day disabled list with a knee injury and could return by Friday. Meanwhile, Boston DH Hanley Ramirez left Sunday’s game favoring his left leg after rounding second base on Mitch Moreland's go-ahead single in the seventh inning. The Red Sox described Ramirez's injury as a left hamstring cramp and said he is day-to-day. Ramirez is hitting .281 with four RBIs. If he sits this one out, Chris Young probably is at DH.

This concludes a seven-game homestand for Boston. The Sox are 4-2 on it. One game, last Thursday’s vs. Pittsburgh, was a make-up effort for one rained out April 6.


Probable Pitchers

It’s young lefty Blake Snell (0-3, 3.18), once one of the top pitching prospects in the game, for Tampa Bay. Guy has a ton of talent but tends to be a bit wild and thus not last deep into games. He lasted only 4.2 innings last time out at the Yankees, allowing two unearned runs and two hits with one strikeout and three walks – he has given out eight free passes in 11.1 innings.

Snell is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two career starts against the Red Sox. Young is 1-for-1 off him with a double and RBI. Mookie Betts is 0-for-5. Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-3 with two walks. Maybe Marco Hernandez gets a spot start as he’s 3-for-3 career off Snell with an RBI.

Boston goes with righty knuckleballer Steven Wright (0-1, 13.50), who might be in danger of losing his rotation spot. He allowed four runs over 6.2 innings in his season debut in Detroit and then was crushed Wednesday in Baltimore, allowing eight runs and eight hits (four homers) in just 1.1 innings.

"It felt pretty good in the bullpen. Then I came out and obviously I kind of shot myself in the foot with the first pitch of the game," Wright said afterward. "Then after they went into swing mode, and the knuckleball just wasn't doing anything."

Wright is 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA in three career starts vs. the Rays. Brad Miller is 2-for-5 off him with a double, homer and two RBIs. Logan Morrison is 2-for-4 with a solo homer. Kevin Kiermaier is 2-for-3. Evan Longoria 0-for-2.


Key Trends

The Rays are 0-6 on MLB picks in their past six Monday games. They are 1-6 in Snell’s past seven on the road. The Red Sox are 8-1 in their past nine at home vs. a lefty. They are 6-1 in Wright’s past seven vs. the AL East.

Free MLB Pick: Red Sox -142Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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