MLB Predictions: Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds: June 29th 2010
The Boston Red Sox are hurting right now, with both Dustin Pedroia and Victor Martinez injured. Neither player will be suiting up tonight and I expect the Rays to take advantage as they look to get back on track in the AL East. The Rays are the only team to beat John Lackey at Fenway this year, scoring eight runs in 3.1 innings during an 8-2 win on April 19th. In fact, the road team is a perfect 7-0 in 7 meetings between these teams this season. The Rays swept Boston in 4 games at Fenway, while the Red Sox returned the favor by taking all 3 games in Tampa.
James Shields is 4-3 with a 3.56 ERA on the road this season, clearly pitching his best baseball away from home. John Lackey has not been that impressive this season with a 4.69 ERA in 15 starts overall, and a 5.03 ERA in 8 home starts. He has just been fortunate to get solid run support, which likely won’t be the case tonight against Shields with a depleted roster. Tampa Bay is 11-1 against the money line in road games against division opponents this season. They are scoring 6.7 RPG in this spot. The Rays are 25-10 against the money line vs. AL teams allowing 4.7 or less runs/game on the season this season. Take the Rays Tuesday.