ALCS Game 2 Betting Preview
Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
Saturday, 8:05 pm Eastern – TBS

The outcome of the American League Championship Series could be decided by the pitching of Josh Beckett.  If he pitches like he did last year then the Red Sox may end up in the World Series again.  If he pitches like he has down the stretch then anything is possible.  Beckett gave up nine hits and four runs in his start against the Angels in the ALDS.  In the postseason Beckett has been great in the past.  He is 6-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 11 outings in the playoffs.  Beckett pitched well against Tampa this season, going 2-1 with a 2.06 ERA against them.  He is 1-2 at Tropicana Field this season with an ERA of 1.93.

Check out the current line for this game at SBG Global.

 

Tampa Bay’s Scott Kazmir got the win in Game 2 of the ALDS against the White Sox although he threw a lot of pitches in just 5 1/3 innings.  He is only 6-7 in his career against the Red Sox with a 3.62 ERA.

 

Here are the MLB betting stats for Saturday’s game. The Red Sox are 22-7 in their last 29 playoff games. The Red Sox are 17-8 in their last 25 road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Red Sox are 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games. The Red Sox are 2-6 in their Game 2’s of a series. The Red Sox are 21-9 in Beckett’s last 30 road starts. The Red Sox are 2-6 in Beckett’s last 8 starts with 5 days of rest. The Red Sox are 1-6 in Beckett’s last 7 starts on field turf. The Red Sox are 0-4 in Beckett’s last 4 starts. The Red Sox are 0-5 in Beckett’s last 5 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Red Sox are 0-4 in Beckett’s last 4 starts vs. the American League East.

 

The Rays are 41-11 in their last 52 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Rays are 55-17 in their last 72 home games. The Rays are 38-13 in their last 51 home games vs. a team with a winning record. The Rays are 14-6 in their last 20 Saturday games. The Rays are 40-18 in their last 58 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Rays are 13-3 in Kazmir’s last 16 Saturday starts. The Rays are 20-7 in Kazmir’s last 27 home starts. The Rays are 5-2 in Kazmir’s last 7 starts vs. the American League East.

 

The Over is 5-0-1 in the Red Sox last 6 MLB betting Saturday games. The Over is 4-0 in the Red Sox last 4 road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Under is 4-0-1 in Beckett’s last 5 starts overall. The Under is 4-1 in Beckett’s last 5 road starts. The Under is 4-1 in Beckett’s last 5 starts vs. the Rays.

 

The Over is 20-6 in the Rays last 26 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Over is 19-7 in the Rays last 26 home games. The Over is 4-0 in Kazmir’s last 4 starts vs. the American League East. The Over is 6-1 in Kazmir’s last 7 starts overall. The Over is 5-1 in Kazmir’s last 6 home starts. The Over is 5-0 in Kazmir’s last 5 starts vs. the Red Sox.

 

Pick: Under 2 out of 5 units