Date/Time: Monday, June 10, 7:10 p.m. (ET)
MLB Betting Odds: VietBet
Money Line: Boston (+115) Tampa Bay (-125)
Total Line: 8
The Red Sox are coming off back-to-back victories over the Los Angeles Angels to improve to 7-3 in their last 10 games. They are 39-25 overall and holding onto a game and a half lead over New York in the AL East. Boston heads on the road where it has won four of its last six games and is 18-11 overall. The total has gone OVER in five of its last six games.
While the team’s pitching has remained fairly solid this season with a staff ERA of 3.78, it has been Boston’s bats that have led the way. The Red Sox lead the American League in runs scored with an average of 5.25 a game. They will send John Lackey to the mound on Monday night for Game 1 of this three-game set. The right-hander is 3-5 this season with a 2.79 ERA. He has turned in four-straight quality starts and has allowed just four runs in his last 25 innings of work. Lackey is 12-7 against the Rays with a 4.30 ERA.
Tampa Bay took two out of three from Baltimore this past weekend to move to 34-28 on the year and four games behind Boston in the division race. It is 19-11 at home this season and the total has stayed UNDER in four of its last five games. The Rays have knocked-in 15 runs combined in their last two games after managing just eight total runs in their previous four outings.
This is another team that has done a good job at getting runners across the plate with an average of 4.92 runs a game. Tampa Bay is ranked ninth in the AL in pitching with a 4.26 team ERA. It will go with Alex Cobb as its starter for this series opener. The right-hander is 6-2 on the year with a 2.39 ERA. Last Wednesday he held Detroit scoreless through 7 2/3 innings on just five hits. Overall against Boston, Cobb is 2-2 with an ERA of 2.79.
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The Red Sox have won five of the last six meetings this season including the last two in Tampa Bay by the combined score of 13-5. Look for their bats remain hot on Monday after pounding out 28 runs in their previous four games to gain the early edge in this AL East showdown.
Boston 5 Tampa Bay 3