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MLB Odds, Picks, Predictions for Red Sox vs. Rays: Can Boston Bounce Back In Game 2?

MLB Odds, Picks, Predictions for Red Sox vs. Rays: Can Boston Bounce Back In Game 2? article feature image

Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images. Pictured: Chris Sale

  • Boston and Tampa Bay play Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday.
  • The Rays took Game 1, but the Red Sox could have the starting pitching edge today with Chris Sale.
  • See if sharps are backing Sale and the Red Sox, below.

Red Sox vs. Rays Odds

Red Sox Odds +120
Rays Odds -145
Over/Under 7.5 (+100/-120)
Time 7:02 p.m. ET
TV Fox Sports 1

The Boston Red Sox ride into their Game 2 ALDS matchup with the Rays looking for answers.

Boston suffered a shutout loss to the Rays in Game 1, with Rays starter Shane McClanahan pitching five innings of five-hit, no-run ball.

McClanahan was backed up by an impressive showing from the Tampa Bay bullpen.

To make matters worse for the Red Sox, starter Eduardo Rodriguez was only able to go 1.2 innings, giving up two earned runs in that short time frame.

On Friday, the Red Sox will have lefty Chris Sale on the mound. He has won three of his last five outings, racking up at least six Ks in each of his last three.

Sale has been solid against the Rays on the season, giving up a combined three earned runs in 9.2 innings of work against Tampa Bay.

The Rays know that Boston’s offense has to wake up, but the pressure could conceivably mount for Tampa Bay should Sale turn in another dominant outing against them.

So where is the value on Friday evening? Our MLB PRO Report shows a clear edge.

MLB Picks: Red Sox vs. Rays

Sharp Action

The moneyline for Red Sox-Rays opened up at Rays -175

The line hit a low of -128 around 8:45 a.m. ET before settling at a consensus of -145 as tracked by two Action Labs Bet Signals triggered on Tampa Bay.

Big Money

At the time of this writing, the 58% of bettors backing the Rays have generated 79% of the money wagered on Friday’s NLDS Game 2 in Tampa Bay.

This 21% difference is a sign that sharp bettors are likely placing large bets on the Tampa Bay side of the action.

Top Experts

One of The Action Network’s top MLB experts is betting on the Rays.

PRO Report Pick: Rays -145 at (-139 at BetRivers, SugarHouse, UniBet)

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