The fading Tampa Bay Rays look to get back on the winning track versus the visiting Boston Red Sox. All odds for this game and all others can be found at Top Bet sportsbook.
Boston has had a miserable season by their standards with no chance at the postseason with their lone goal being to stay out of the American League East basement. If the Red Sox play as they have over the past week, last place won’t be a problem. Boston knocked off Tampa Bay -3 on Tuesday for their fourth win in five contests behind strong pitching and solid work on the mound. A struggling Daisuke Matsuzaka toes the rubber Tuesday looking to right the ship. Matsuzaka has allowed 15 runs on 15 hits and eight bases on balls in only 10.1 frames covering three starts.
Tampa Bay is still mathematically alive for a postseason berth but realistically their chances are slim to none. The fat lady might not be singing but she is beginning to warm up. A 7-3 defeat at the hands of the Red Sox on Tuesday has the Rays staring at losses in seven of eight. Both the bats and arms have struggled at times in this span with that trend continuing Tuesday. Rookie Christopher Archer makes his fourth start of 2012 still looking for his first career victory. Archer has been a strike out pitcher with 28 K’s through 22.1 innings and has allowed 22 runners overall.
The Tampa offense is struggling too much right now to take them so we will take the value and take Boston on the moneyline as a significant underdog at the sportsbook.