Boston Red Sox (88-61) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (88-59) MLB Prediction: The chase for the American League EastBoston Red Sox (1 GB) and the division leading, Tampa Bay Rays. On Monday, a very key 3 game set kicks off from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL, which may easily tilt the scales in favor of one of these contenders. title is coming down to the wire. With the (79-70) New York Yankees out of the picture (10 GB), it’s a 2-horse race between the
For the Rays, “The Trop” in St. Pete hasn’t been much of a home when it comes to fan support.
Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped the streaky Rays from taking full advantage of sleeping in their beds, as its 53-21 home record indicates.
The defending World Series champs, come into this crucial series with a sub-.500 record on the road, 36-39. However, the Red Sox are getting into a groover having won 2 games in a row. Coming into this one, the Sox have also won 6 and lost 4 in the last 10 games played.
In tonight’s pitching match up, the Japanese import RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (16-2, 2.97 ERA), has been everything Boston could have ever hoped for. But it will not be easy for the Sox, as they will face one of the best young LHP in the game today, Scott Kazmir (11-6, 2.99 ERA). The OVER/UNDER for this Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction has been set at a combined total of 8 runs.