ALCS Game 4 Betting Preview
Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox (Rays lead 2-1)
Tuesday, 8:05 pm Eastern – TBS
SBG Global Opening Line: Red Sox - 145, Total 9 Flat
The Boston Red Sox suddenly face what is almost a must-win game on Tuesday night as they host the Tampa Bay Rays. Boston is down 2-1 in the series and now must count on veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield to get them even in the series. Tampa will counter with Andy Sonnanstine. SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Red Sox at Home.
Wakefield did not pitch in the Division series against Anaheim so this will be his first start in this year’s playoffs. He is very experienced and a big game pitcher. He is 5-2 in League Championship Series action with a 4.50 ERA. Wakefield is 19-5 in his career against Tampa Bay but he was 0-2 this season against them with a 5.87 ERA in three starts. Wakefield was tough at home this season going 7-4 with a 3.10 ERA in 14 starts.
Sonnanstine just continues to win for Tampa Bay. He was the winning pitcher in the clinching game against the White Sox in the Division Series. He is 1-1 in his career against Boston with a 5.40 ERA.
Here are the MLB betting stats for Tuesday’s game. The Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games. The Rays are 15-6 in their last 21 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Rays are 6-1 in Sonnanstine’s last 7 starts vs. the American League East.
The Red Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 playoff home games. The Red Sox are 19-7 in their last 26 Tuesday games. The Red Sox are 36-16 in Wakefield’s last 52 home starts. The Red Sox are 4-10 in Wakefield’s last 14 starts vs. the American League East. The Red Sox are 4-0 in Wakefield’s last 4 home starts vs. the Rays.
SBG Global Current Line: Red Sox - 145, Total 9 Flat
The Over is 5-1 in the Rays last 6 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 4-1 in Sonnanstine’s last 5 starts overall. The Under is 5-2 in Sonnanstine’s last 7 starts on grass.
The Over is 6-1-1 in the Red Sox last 8 Tuesday games. The Under is 5-1 in the Red Sox last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 4-1 in Wakefield’s last 5 home starts. The Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Boston between the two teams. The Under is 6-2 in Wakefield’s last 8 starts vs. the Rays.
Pick: Rays 3units