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Streaking Rays Look To End Series With Red Sox On High Note

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 5/15/2013 7:12:47 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have put together a six-game win streak to help boost them up the American League East standings. The Boston Red Sox have trended the other way. The Rays and Red Sox will clash in the finale of a three-game set on Thursday with an important win up for grabs. Tampa Bay is now two games above .500 and looking to close in on the top online sports betting teams in the AL East, and for a Boston team that has lost three-straight, the time is now to stop the bleeding before they slide any further in the standings.

Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays
Thursday May 16, 2013 – 7:10 PM ET
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
MLB Sportsbook Line: Tampa Bay

Boston spent some time on top of the AL East standings before their recent skid, which includes just two wins in their past 10 games overall. With the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles both playing at a high level games within the AL East are set at a premium, and the Red Sox didn’t do themselves any favors with a loss to start this three-game set.

MLB Betting Preview: Boston Red Sox

Conceding a series at home against the Toronto Blue Jays and then opening a three-game set against the Rays with a loss isn’t how manager John Farrell envisioned his team playing against the lowest two seeds in the division, but now it is about looking forward and turning things around as soon as possible. Offense hasn’t been the biggest issue over these consecutive losses, as the Red Sox pitchers have allowed a combined 17 runs in back-to-back defeats. Jon Lester got the start on Wednesday, but Felix Doubront will start Thursday and he is coming off back-to-back blowout losses. Doubront allowed six earned runs in each of his last two losses to Texas and Minnesota, and if he makes it three in a row then Boston will have no chance in this one.

MLB Betting Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay has been trending the other way thanks to much stronger consistency on both sides of the ball. The Rays cracked the top-10 in scoring earlier this week, and their pitching has been much more consistent including 25-year old Alex Cobb. Cobb is 4-2 with a 3.09 ERA on the year, and is coming off of a pair of strong performances – both Tampa Bay wins. The Rays need Cobb to buckle down and allow them to open up on Doubront, and if Cobb can keep the Red Sox offense at bay early he could find himself in line for a sports betting win.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Tampa Bay is playing its best baseball of the season, and it couldn’t come at a better time with Boston struggling and the rest of the division wide open. The Rays need to capitalize on these games within the division to have any chance in the AL East, so look for them to take advantage of another favorable pitching match up and wrap up the three-game set with another win.

MLB Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Rays

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