Red Sox at Rays Free Monday Play

On June 27, 2016, in Free Picks, MLB, by Stephen

Red Sox minus $1.10 at Rays

Take away nearly half of a starting lineup from a mediocre team and you’re likely to end up with a prolonged losing streak. That’s what is going on with the Rays, losers of 11 in a row.

You know things are desperate in Tampa when the team turns to the Twins for help acquiring Oswaldo Arcia, who immediately entered the starting lineup.

The Rays have lost by two or more runs in each of their last 11 games, allowing five-plus per game during this span while batting .210. They’ve been outscored by 43 runs during their 11-game losing streak.

Now the Rays return home for the first time in a week and face the league’s No. 1 scoring and hitting team, Boston. Rookie Blake Snell gets the call to try to end Tampa’s losing skid. Snell has pitched once at Tropicana Field. That was back on June 16. He gave up five runs (one earned) on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings against Seattle.

The Red Sox are pitching Eduardo Rodriguez, who showed a lot of promise entering the season but then had to miss the first two months because of a knee injury. This is a good time to jump on Rodriguez, who is rounding into shape. Rodriguez pitched six innings and struck out seven against the White Sox this past Wednesday.


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