Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays 7/25/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 7/24/2014
Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:10 PM on NESN, SUN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Boston Red Sox - Lester, J (10-7) vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Price, D (10-7)
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Friday evening, the Boston Red Sox will send Jon Lester to the mound to face the Tampa Bay Rays and David Price. Lester will make his 21st start as Price makes his 22nd.
Jon Lester notched the victory in his last start and that improved his record to 10 - 7 with a 2.50 ERA. In the win, Lester hurled 8 innings of shutout ball and allowed just 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8. Lester has been nothing short of spectacular in his last few starts, going 4 - 0 in his last 7 outings. If he continues pitching well, he could threaten his win total from 2013 when he went 15 - 8 with a 3.75 ERA in 33 starts.
Last season, Lester was 2 -1 with a 4.32 ERA in 4 starts against the Rays. This season, Lester beat Tampa Bay after holding them to just 4 hits and a walk in 7 innings as he struck out 12.
David Price saw his record go to 10 - 7 after he picked up his 5th straight victory the last time out. In the win, Price threw 8 scoreless innings and surrendered 4 hits without walking a batter while striking out 9. Price is on a tear and has allowed just 5 runs in his last 5 starts. He has already equaled his win total from 2013 when he went 10 - 8 with a 3.33 ERA in 27 starts.
Last season, Price was 2 - 2 with a 2.48 ERA in 5 starts against the Red Sox. This season, he has pitched to 2 no-decisions in back-to-back starts against Boston.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston Red Sox are 41-56-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Boston Red Sox is -0.2
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 50-46-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Tampa Bay Rays is -0.1
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
05/31/14 1B Ryan Lavarnway Wrist 60-day DL (5/30)
05/17/14 3B Will Middlebrooks Finger 15-day DL (5/16)
Tampa Bay Rays
07/22/14 P Joel Peralta Virus 15-day DL (7/21)
07/18/14 C Ryan Hanigan Oblique 15-day DL (7/9)
06/24/14 LF Jerry Sands Wrist 15-day DL (6/22)
06/19/14 LF David DeJesus Hand 15-day DL (6/19)
06/01/14 RF Wil Myers Wrist 15-day DL (5/31)
04/08/14 P Matt Moore Elbow 60-day DL (4/8), out for season
03/30/14 2B Tim Beckham Knee 60-day DL (3/30)
Tony's Pick: Take Boston
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