Some MLB baseball bettors who are analyzing Saturday's matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox are probably wondering when they can expect Round 3 to begin.
These teams don't like each other - actually, nobody in the AL East likes each other - and that was reflected once again in Friday's matchup, in which the Red Sox showed off their anger but had to be very happy with the end result, because they are on a roll.
Baseball betting action for Saturday is slated to get underway at 7:15 PM ET at Fenway Park, and it will be a battle of righties on the mound, as Jake Odorizzi (2-4, 4.56 ERA) of Tampa Bay squares off (and we use the term loosely, of course) against Rubby De La Rosa of Boston, who is making his first appearance of the season.
In the MLB baseball betting lines that have been posted on this game at VietBet, the red Sox are slight favorites:
Boston Red Sox (De La Rosa - R) -116
Tampa Bay Rays (Odorizzi - R) +106
Over 9 Runs -110
Under 9 Runs -110
We don't want to over-exaggerate what happened at Fenway Park last night, but both benches cleared in the fourth inning when Tampa Bay left-hander David Price, the 2012 Cy Young winner, plucked Boston's Mike Carp in the elbow. He had already hit David Ortiz in the hip in the first inning, which led to Red Sox manager John Farrell getting ejected when he protested a little too loudly. When Carp got hit, both of the benches came out, and while there was undoubtedly a lot of nasty stuff being said, no punches were thrown. Three players got ejected, and two of the coaches who had stepped in for Farrell got thrown out too.
In the actual game itself, the Red Sox kept their winning streak going with a 3-2 victory in ten innings. A.J. Pierzynski drove in the winning run with a triple, and the Red Sox walked off the field with their sixth consecutive win. As VietBet customers know, they really needed this hot streak, as they had previously lost ten straight games.
Boston is now 25-29 on the season, though they are still in fourth place in the American League East, six games behind the front-running Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays are now 23-32 and the last place team in the division, 8.5 games back.
As the Red Sox were losing their tenth straight - to the Rays last Sunday - there was a brawl too, as Yusel Escobar antagonized the Boston dugout a little by walking toward it and pointing, and that brought out everybody. Odorizzi pitched that game and gave up just one run in six innings.
De La Rosa made ten starts for the Dodgers in 2001, going 3-5 with a 3.88 ERA, then had to undergo Tommy John surgery before the season was over. He was part of the huge trade with Los Angeles that sent Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez away. He has made ten starts for Pawtucket in Triple-A, and opponents have hit just .218 against him. Clay Buchholz is injured, so De La Rosa takes his spot, and the Red Sox would like to find out whether De La Rosa is going to fit best as a starter or reliever as they move ahead. MLB baseball bettors would probably like to know that too.
Maybe there is an advantage to a team having seen a starter so recently, as the Red Sox have with Odorizzi, whereas De La Rosa is a relative unknown. But the 24-year-old Odorizzi has been very strong since adding more breaking stuff to his repertoire, allowing just four runs and 14 hits in 21-2/3 innings over his last four starts, striking out 31. That's sizzling. He may be well worth an underdog play priced at +106 at VietBet. And streaks, like Boston's, were made to be broken.
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