Blake Snell (0-2, 2.40 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (31-43) go up against Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 6.41 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (41-34) in the first of a three-game division series at Tropicana Field. The Rays go into this series on an 11-game losing streak. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 27 and will air on NESN and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Snell pitched 6.2 innings, giving up three runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking three in a 6-0 loss to the Indians. Evan Longoria (.269, 41 Rs, 18 HRs, 43 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Red Sox were also unsuccessful the last time Rodriguez pitched. He tossed 6.0 innings, allowing four runs (one unearned), striking out seven and walking two in an 8-6 loss to the White Sox. David Ortiz (.337, 34 Rs, 18 HRs, 61 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 1 yesterday with one RBI.
The Red Sox are a -115 favorite with a total of 8 runs for this AL East clash.
Pick - Bos
The Rays are 12-16 against their divisional rivals, while the Red Sox are 15-17 against their division.
The Rays are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Red Sox have a record of 8-15 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 5-33. The Red Sox have a 4-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 15th in home runs, Boston has hit 90 this season. Tampa Bay ranks fourth with 104 home runs.
Ranking 18th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 226 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 265.
The Rays are 25-29 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 31-25 when they hit at least one homer.