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Tampa Bay vs Boston: MLB AL East Cellar Dweller Battle in Beantown

Tampa Bay vs Boston: MLB AL East Cellar Dweller Battle in Beantown
A contender turned pretender hosts a team that has played above their lowly Major League Baseball preseason expectations when the Boston Red Sox battle the Tampa Bay Rays tonight. The Red Sox and Rays are fighting for the cellar when the first pitch of this American League East Division duel flies at 7:10 PM ET on September 22, 2015, at venerable Fenway Park in Boston, MA. We don’t expect either of the starting pitchers to be around long in this contest.

Boston Red Sox: AL Pennant preseason chalk had faded to dust

Much better things were expected in Boston this season as the Red Sox were preseason chalk to represent the American League in the 2015 MLB World Series. That chalk is now just wind blown dust as Boston is 72-77 and playoff eliminated as they sit 13.5 games behind Toronto. The Red Sox offense can look to the pitching staff when searching for answers to the team’s futility as Boston has a 4.52 team ERA and they have given up almost five runs per game. The bats have been hot in Beantown as the Red Sox 697 runs scored is the third best mark in the Majors.

Tampa Bay Rays: Playing above their lowly MLB preseason expectations

Though not much was expected in Tampa Bay heading into the 2015 MLB season, the Rays have played better than forcast. Posted with a +3300 ML price to win the American League pennant back in March (Boston was +550) Tampa Bay was tied for first with New York on June 30. Tampa tanked after that as they are just 30-41 since the beginning of July. The Rays are opposite the Red Sox as their bats have been quiet with a 27th ranked 580 runs scored versus a 3.73 team ERA.

Boston vs Tampa Bay Game Total Call: Gas cans collide as LHP Henry Owens (3-2 ERA 4.33) faces LHP Matt Moore (1-4 ERA 7.06) in the rumble on the rubber tonight. Owens is a rookie who has been up and down over his eight starts as he as allowed seven runs twice and three or less in the other six outings. Moore has been less as the Red Sox have lit him up for six runs twice this season. We would back Boston straight up here but a load up on the Alternate Game Total is the more prudent path. Back the OVER with a 1000 unit wager on the 6.5 (-310) price at Bet365.

Bet365 MLB Game Total Odds – Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays

Bet365 MLB Game Total Odds – Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays

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