Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays 7/26/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 7/25/2014
July 26, 2014, 7:10 PM on NESN, SUN
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Boston Red Sox - Lackey, J (11-6) vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Archer, C (6-5)
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Saturday afternoon, John Lackey takes the mound for the Boston Red Sox as they face Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays. It will be the 21st starts of the season for both pitchers.
John Lackey notched his 2nd straight victory in his last start and that boosted his record to 11 - 6 with a 3.66 ERA. In the win, Lackey allowed just a run on 2 hits in 7 innings as he struck out 3 without issuing a walk. In the 2 victories, Lackey allowed just 3 runs and 6 hits. He has already surpassed his win total from last season when he went 10 - 13 with a 3.52 ERA in 29 starts.
In 2013, Lackey was 0 - 1 with an 8.10 ERA in 2 starts against the Rays. This season, Lackey has a win and a no-decision in 2 starts against Tampa Bay.
Chris Archer got the win his last time out and that gave him a 6 - 5 record with a 3.31 ERA as he makes this start. In the victory, Archer gave up 3 runs and 6 hits in 6.1 innings of work. He walked 2 while striking out 4. Archer hasn't lost a game in over a month and he is giving the Rays some solid innings in recent games. Last season, Archer posted a record of 9 - 7 with a 3.22 ERA in 23 starts.
In 2013, Archer was 0 - 2 with a 5.19 ERA in 2 starts against the Red Sox. This season, he has 2 no-decisions in his 2 outings against Boston.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston Red Sox are 42-56-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Boston Red Sox is -0.3
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 50-47-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Tampa Bay Rays is -0.1
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
07/24/14 DH David Ortiz Back questionable
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 60-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)
Guy's Pick: Take Boston
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