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Red Sox Rays Betting Tips - In Cluttered American League, Red Sox And Rays Look For Hope

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 7/9/2012 3:46:41 PM

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays are part of an American League in which only three teams are under .500 at the All-Star break. They need to start strong in the second half.

Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays – Series Overview

Game 1: Friday, July 13

If you are interested in betting on baseball this season, the upcoming three-game weekend series between Boston and Tampa Bay should offer a compelling collision between two fierce rivals who certainly respect each other but do not like each other. The Boston Red Sox have not announced a starter for Friday's contest, while the Tampa Bay Rays have tabbed Jeremy Hellickson as their starting pitcher. Hellickson has a superb 3.41 earned-run average for the Rays. He should definitely outshine whomever the Red Sox eventually choose as their starter.

It's also very much worth noting as you delve deeper into this matchup that Boston's pitching – starters and bullpen alike – was torn apart last weekend by the New York Yankees. Tampa Bay has plenty of patient hitters who can wait out Boston's starters, look at a lot of pitches, and ultimately make this a bullpen-based game which favors the Rays. Tampa Bay emerges as the favorite in this game. Go with the Rays at home.

MLB Betting Pick: Tampa Bay

Game 2: Saturday, July 14

The when you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this second game of the three-game series, you have to pay attention to something particular about Boston starter Clay Buchholz, who brings a 5.53 earned-run average to the hill. Buchholz has endured a stomach illness that forced him to go to the hospital in late June. Buchholz has not pitched since June 19, meaning that he'll be taking a major-league mound for the first time in three and a half weeks. Buchholz is not going to operate at the peak of his powers to begin with, but what's more is that he hasn't even been a stellar pitcher in the two and a half months that he's performed for the Red Sox this season. Tampa Bay is countering with its ace, David Price, who has a 2.82 earned-run average. This is plainly a lopsided pitching matchup which favors the Rays without question.

MLB Betting Pick: Tampa Bay

Game 3: Sunday, July 15

In the finale of this series, the Red Sox have not yet announced a starting pitcher; they will probably wait until the middle of the week to arrive at a decision. For Tampa Bay, starter James Shields has been a respectable yet certainly not dominant member of the Rays' starting rotation, posting a 4.17 ERA and being decent pitcher who keeps Tampa Bay competitive. When one looks at the entirety of this series, it's plain that the Rays are a more stable team and can tell their pitchers what to expect. Boston's bullpen has been a mess this year, and the starting rotation is in a period of flux as well. The Rays should sweep away the Sox on Sunday.

Read more on the latest sportsbook odds for Major League Baseball this season.

MLB Betting Pick: Tampa Bay

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