We’re always trying to make the most money possible off of the MLB odds each and every night, and here in the playoffs is definitely not an exception. Join us on Friday, as we make our Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox free picks and predictions for what should be a great clash in the ALDS Game 1.
October 4th MLB Picks: Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox Game 1
Date: Friday, October 4th, 3:00 ET
Location: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Rays vs. Red Sox On TV: TBS
Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Moore) +126
Boston Red Sox (Jon Lester) -137
The Rays and the Red Sox know all about each other, as they faced off 19 times during the regular season and have a lot to determine here in the postseason over the course of the next week. Boston has been sitting at home and resting since Sunday, though the four days off could end up being problematic when push comes to shove. We didn’t see that rust in any of the teams that were playing on Thursday (though the Braves did look rather flat), but yet another extra day off might not help matters any for the boys from Beantown. LHP Matt Moore has only pitched in one postseason game in his career, and he was brilliant in his rookie season against the Texas Rangers in the ALDS. He has the shot to start Game 1 in this one, and the argument could be made that he might even be the best pitcher on this staff… And that’s saying a lot considering the fact that LHP David Price just pitched a complete game in the tiebreaker game and RHP Alex Cobb threw shutout ball for 6.2 innings of work in the AL Wild Card game. LHP Jon Lester has been great down the stretch for the Red Sox, but he had a lot of problems pitching against Tampa Bay in the postseason in 2008. The situation is much different this time around, but we think that the end result is going to be the same. Getting +126 on Moore is a fantastic price for a team that is absolutely feeling it at the moment. Tampa Bay has a shot to win this series, and it could start with Game 1 on Friday.
Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox Pick: Tampa Bay Rays +126
Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox Score Prediction: Rays 4 – Red Sox 2