In the second of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (32-43) and the Boston Red Sox (41-35) at Tropicana Field, Chris Archer (4-10, 4.70 ERA) and Rick Porcello (8-2, 3.93 ERA) get the ball. The Rays won the last game 13-7, and Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 28 and will air on NESN and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Archer pitched 6.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out five and walking two in a 6-1 loss to the Indians. Evan Longoria (.275, 43 Rs, 18 HRs, 43 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs. The Red Sox were victorious the last time Porcello pitched. He did not do well, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing four runs, striking out two and walking one in an 8-7 victory over the White Sox.
The Red Sox and Rays are lined in the -105 range for this AL East matchup with a total of 8 runs.
Pick - Bos
The Rays are 13-16 against their divisional rivals, while the Red Sox are 15-18 against their division.
Tampa Bay has won 44% (14-18) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 57% (21-16) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Red Sox are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Rays have a record of 9-13 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Red Sox are 37-12. The Rays have a 20-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Boston tops the league in runs with 426 this season. Tampa Bay ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 308.
Boston tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .827 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .741.
When the Red Sox allow at least one home run, they are 26-29. When the Rays allow one or more homers, they have a 17-39 record.