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Red Sox Rays Betting – Red Sox Face Tough Task Against Rays In Second Half Of Season

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 7/14/2011 7:34:28 PM
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MLB baseball betting gurus are focusing on the Atlanta Braves this season, but even they know that this is a make-or-break year for Georgia football. The Bulldogs lost to Central Florida in the 2010 Liberty Bowl, capping a humiliating 6-7 season that put Coach Mark Richt on the hot seat in Athens.

Georgia returns just five starters on offense but the five that return do so at vital positions for the team’s success. Quarterback Aaron Murray started as a redshirt freshman and after taking his lumps early, developed into perhaps the SEC’s best returning quarterback. Along with Murray, Georgia returns three starters along the offensive line that, like Murray, played young guys and after taking a beating early was solid by year’s end. Murray’s security blanket, tight end Orson Charles, also returns. Charles is a wide receiver trapped in a much bigger man’s body. He’s a mismatch against smaller defensive backs and slower linebackers. With A.J. Green now departed to the NFL, he should see increased action in the passing game.

The Georgia offense still faces two critical questions. The first is who will step up and at least try to replace the production that A.J. Green gave them at wide receiver? A cast of players return including Tacarres King and Rantavious Wooten, both of whom saw a great deal of playing time when Green was out serving his suspension. None of the receivers on the roster now strikes fear into defensive coordinators like Green did.  The second question is who will carry the ball? Wayshuan Ealey was finally removed from the team and now the tailback position will be manned by true freshman Isaiah Crowell. Crowell is as highly rated a prospect as Richt has ever signed. Richt will need Crowell have as much of an impact as freshman Marcus Lattimore did for South Carolina last year. That’s a lot to ask of a freshman tailback, but Georgia finds itself that desperate.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is hoping that his defense shows the proverbial second year jump in his 3-4 defensive alignment. If the defense progresses, it will have to do so with a younger roster. Up front, Georgia returns ends Arby Jones and Deangelo Tyson and nose tackle Kwame Geathers. Linebacker is an entirely different story as only Christian Robinson returns. Georgia may find itself with no choice but to lean on a strong crop of recent recruitsThe Boston Red Sox opened the 2011 MLB betting season with six straight losses, and while they overcame their early struggles to finish the first half on top of the American League East, there is still a long way to go to clinch the division title. The Red Sox can’t afford to struggle out of the gate again in the second half, but will face a tough task against a determined Tampa Bay Rays’ team that is on the bubble.

Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays

Friday, 7:10 PM ET

The Rays have consistently overcome the turnover that comes with being limited by a small payroll, but will need to be better at home over the final couple of months of the sports betting season to even have a chance at competing for an AL Wild Card spot. Even then it’s hard to think that they will be able to catch Boston or the New York Yankees, although they should put up a strong fight. That begins with Friday night’s game against Andrew Miller and the Red Sox, as they look to rough up the 26-year old. Miller is 3-0 with a 3.57 ERA through four starts, and the Rays are hoping that the Boston hitters will start slow following the Midsummer Classic.

MLB Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Rays

Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays

Saturday, 4:10 PM ET

The starting rotation for Tampa Bay was still undecided coming out of the All Star break, but there isn’t a single arm in their rotation that has been as bad as Boston’s John Lackey this season. At 32-years old, Lackey’s ERA has ballooned to an unbelievable 6.84. At the same time, the veteran is coming off of one of his best starts of the season, a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles in which he allowed just three hits over 6.2 innings of work. Until he proves that he can perform at the level consistently it is hard to put money on him, especially given that the Rays are determined not to fall so far out of contention in the MLB standings so early.

MLB Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Rays

Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays

Sunday, 8:00 PM ET

The Red Sox won’t allow themselves to fall to 0-3 out of the gate like they did in the first half, but they will need to make sure that Josh Beckett is healthy first and foremost. Beckett has been one of the team’s most pleasant surprises as an All Star at 8-3 with a 2.27 ERA, but he has experienced soreness and his knee and might have this sports betting bonus start pushed back to Monday if possible. Regardless of who gets the start for Boston the offense should be able to get enough done to avoid the three-game sweep and keep pace with the New York Yankees for first place in the division.

MLB Betting Pick: Boston Red Sox

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