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Betting On Rays Red Sox – Red Sox, Rays Renew Rivalry In First Meeting Of 2012

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 4/13/2012 5:27:42 PM

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays provided baseball fans with some memorable moments at the end of last season, with the former suffering through an epic collapse down the stretch that allowed the latter to sneak in to the postseason on the final day of the regular season. The Red Sox didn’t do any favors for their fans in regards to helping them forget what happened last season with just one win through their first six sports betting games this year, and after being outscored by 16 runs through those first two series, they will need to respond with a sense of urgency at home.

Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox
Friday April 13, 2012 – 2:05 PM ET
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
MLB Sportsbook Line: Tampa Bay Rays

While Boston has struggled to open this new season, the Rays are right where they want to be at the top of the American League East. David Price will be on the mound for Tampa Bay after allowing just two earned runs in a win over the New York Yankees in his first start, while the Red Sox counter with Josh Beckett.

MLB Betting Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

The 26-year old Price allowed just two earned runs on five hits over 6.1 innings against the Yankees, striking out five, and will be called upon for another All Star-worthy performance against the next division rival the Rays face. Tampa Bay scored at least four runs in four of its first five games, so despite the supposed lack of depth it is clear that they have enough weapons to put up some offense. Their 4-2 comeback win over the previously unbeaten Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park is proof that this team still can’t be counted out regardless of what the odds are against them.

MLB Betting Preview: Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox have had no problem with offense either, scoring seven or more runs in three of their first six games, but they haven’t gotten much help from a shaky pitching staff. Beckett enters this contest with a 13.50 ERA after allowing seven earned runs over just 4.2 innings of work in a 10-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers, and will be eager to put his first start behind him. On two occasions already this season the Boston bullpen has been tagged for a loss, and that is the difference so far between a 1-5 start and a .500 record.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The Rays’ pitching has been good for quite some time now, and Price is one of the biggest reasons. The 26-year old still has a lot to prove, and with a 6-3 record against Boston over the past three seasons it is clear he enjoys playing against this AL East division rival. The Red Sox on the other hand have continued their inconsistent ways early on this season, and given the way that Beckett was lit up but the Tigers, it is hard to put money on the underdog in this baseball betting situation.

MLB Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Rays 

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