Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 9/25/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/24/2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Fenway Park in Boston
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On Thursday night, Jeremy Hellickson (1-4) will attempt to pick up his first win since back on August 6 when he and the Tampa Bay Rays face off against second-year starter Allen Webster (4-3) and the Boston Red Sox.
Last Friday, Jeremy Hellickson only made it through 4.1 innings in his start against the Chicago White Sox and ended up taking the loss. He gave up four runs on seven base hits in that start and walked two batters while striking out one. Hellickson now has a 3.96 ERA on the season and he has struck out 52 batters in 61.1 innings on the mound.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has gotten 10 hits off of Hellickson in 26 at-bats with two doubles, a triple and three home runs. Mike Napoli has just one hit in 13 at-bats against him with one walks and six strikeouts.
Allen Webster pitched 5.2 innings against the Baltimore Orioles last Friday and finished with a no decision. He gave up one run on seven base hits in that outing and walked one batter while striking out three. He has only given up three home runs in 52 innings this year, but he does have a high 5.54 ERA.
Rays veteran Ben Zobrist has one hit in four at-bats versus Webster in his career with two walks and two RBI. Outfielder Matthew Joyce is 0-for-5 against Webster with a walk and three strikeouts.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay Rays are 71-77-9 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Tampa Bay Rays is 0.1
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston Red Sox are 67-85-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Boston Red Sox is -0.6
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
09/24/14 3B Evan Longoria Hand probable Wednesday vs. Boston Red Sox
09/24/14 SS Yunel Escobar Knee out indefinitely
09/24/14 CF Kevin Kiermaier Virus "?" Wednesday vs. Boston Red Sox
09/04/14 CF Desmond Jennings Knee out indefinitely
06/24/14 LF Jerry Sands Wrist 60-day DL (6/22), out for season
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)
Boston Red Sox
09/24/14 1B Mike Napoli Back "?" Wednesday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
09/13/14 CF Brock Holt Concussion out indefinitely
09/10/14 2B Dustin Pedroia Hand out for season
08/01/14 RF Shane Victorino Back 60-day DL (7/30)
05/31/14 1B Ryan Lavarnway Wrist 60-day DL (5/30)
Tony's Pick: Take Boston
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