This is still a talented, if heavily injured team, with a tremendous amount of pride and it’s not about to roll over for its hated division rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays.
A month ago the Sox were within 4 games of the Rays in a battle for the lone AL Wildcard berth in the baseball odds playoff action. A lot of things have happened since then and a lot of baseball has been played –mostly bad for Boston- and now the Rays (83-53) hold a pretty commanding 7.5 game lead over the Sox (76-61). There’s still a month of baseball left on the calendar and if Boston is somehow able to sweep this 3-game series which begins Monday they’ll be 4.5 games back and still have a slim shot at the playoffs.
But that’s a tall task that is easier said than done especially when the Rays will have the meat of their rotation pitching in Beantown.
On Tuesday night Rays’ ace David Price will get the start in this baseball lines matchup and he’ll give the struggling Boston lineup more than they can handle. Price is 16-6 this season with a 2.92 ERA and frontrunner for the AL Cy Young Award.
Boston will counter with the unpredictable Dice-K. When he’s one he’s one of most versatile pitchers in the baseball odds competition but he’s always injured and he’s terribly inconsistent. He’s played sparingly this year and has plenty of innings left in his arm but he’s given up 8 earned runs in his past two starts and will have to tighten up if the Sox are going to win.
The good news for the Sox fans is that even though he’s given up a heap of runs Boston won both of those games and posted 11 runs in support.
Still, the Rays are one of the best offensive teams in the MLB baseball lines action and will abuse Dice-K is he gets sloppy. And don’t forget that the Red Sox enter this series as losers of their past 3 games and have won only 3 of their past 10 games. Look for the Rays to get the WIN.