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Monday, August 7, 2017

MLB Odds - Sale Leads Red Sox Against Rays in Tampa Bay

Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox is one of the leading Cy Young candidates in the American League. However, he’s coming off his worst start of the season and will try to turn things around when he pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.

Sale (13-4, 2.70 ERA) took a no-decision in his last start, which was a 12-10 home win over Cleveland. He was tagged for seven runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked one, snapping a 20.2-inning scoreless streak. This will be Sale’s fourth start of the year against the Rays and he is 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA against them with his loss coming in Tampa Bay.

The Rays will go with Austin Pruitt (6-2, 5.65), who tossed 6.1 scoreless innings in his last outing to get the win in a 3-0 victory in Houston. Pruitt allowed five hits with three strikeouts and a walk in his third start of the season. The rookie has made two relief appearances against the Red Sox, giving up five runs in 3.1 innings of work.

Going into this series, these two had met 10 times this season. They’ve split those games with six going over the posted total.

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MLB Odds: Red Sox Try to Stay Ahead of Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have been a nice surprise this season as they continue to make a playoff push. They’re trying to catch up to the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. The two meet in the second of three-game series in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

The Red Sox give the ball to Chris Sale (13-4, 2.70 ERA), who is 2-1 in three starts against the Rays this season. The Rays counter with rookie Austin Pruitt (6-2, 5.65 ERA), who’s being worked into the rotation, but he has already worked 3.1 relief innings against the Red Sox. The two teams had split their 10 meetings coming into this series.

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