Red Sox @ Rays: Boston looks to bounce back in Tampa Bay
Red Sox @ Rays MLB odds spreads and predictions
Both Boston and Tampa Bay trail in the AL East; Boston by 11 games and Tampa Bay by 9.
The Tampa Bay Rays snapped a five-game losing streak and avoided a three-game sweep in Chicago, defeating the White Sox 4-2.
Tampa Bay didn't have much offense, tallying more runs than hits. All of the Rays runs came off the bat of catcher Travis D'Arnaud, who cranked out a grand slam in the second inning.
Blake Snell took care of the rest striking out 10 in six shutout innings for his sixth win of the season.
When is it? Monday July 22nd
What time is first pitch? 7:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Tropicana Field
Which channel is it on? ESPN
The Boston Red Sox were coming off a game where they scored 17 runs, but followed that up by nearly getting no-hit during a 5-0 shutout loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday afternoon.
Rafael Devers was responsible for Boston's lone hit of the afternoon. Devers ranks third in the American League with a .324 batting average.
Newly acquired pitcher Andrew Cashner didn't fare too well against his former team allowing four earned on six hits with seven strikeouts in six innings.
Boston @ Rays Runline
Tampa Bay is giving the Red Sox 1.5 runs in this matchup.
The Rays hold a slight edge in the season series with Boston, five games to four.
The Red Sox have been as hot and cold as they come in baseball, and for reference the defending champions just lost a series to one of the worst teams in baseball.
However, despite the recent struggles, the Red Sox swept the Rays in the only three games they've played in Tampa Bay this season and I wouldn't be surprised if they got a win at Tropicana again.
Take Boston with the points.
Boston @ Rays Over/Under
The over/under for this matchup is set at 9 points.
Final score prediction: Boston Red Sox 5, Tampa Bay Rays 3
Take the under in this game.
Where the game will be won or lost
Boston sends left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to the hill and he's won 11 games this season (11-4), which ranks second in the majors. Rodriguez has had an up and down season posting an ERA of 4.34 and 120 strikeouts.
Rodriguez has won three consecutive starts; most recently he picked up the win over Toronto in six and one-third innings, allowing two earned on three hits with four strikeouts.
Heading to the mound for Tampa Bay is the second-year southpaw Jalen Beeks, who has been a pleasant surprise this season. Beeks holds a 5-0 record with a 2.78 ERA and a save as a middle relief pitcher, but has yet to make a start in 2019.
In his last outing, Beeks allowed one earned with five strikeouts in three and one-third innings.