MLB Picks Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Predictions

Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox MLB Picks: They may have started the season slowly, but nobody is sexier than the Boston Red Sox are at this time.  Boston isn't only beating the resistance, they are absolutely steamrolling them.  The Red Sox outscored the Blue Jays 35-6 within their three-game sweep in Toronto last weekend.

Ahead of this, Boston swept the Yankees in Yankee Stadium.   Tampa Bay has become a very streaky team annually, but they've won five of the past six games overall.  That is an important series for the two teams.

Tim Wakefield will on the mound for the Red Sox in this one.  Wakefield has given the Red Sox what they've had so much in 2011.  He's an innings eater who retains this group in the game and rests the bullpen.  The Red Sox offense had a disappointing first month, however, they are making up for this in a big way of late.

Adrian Gonzalez is proving to be a very intelligent offseason pickup.  Gonzalez leads the majors with 60 runs batted in, and he's got a mean of .341 so far this year.   Carl Crawford and Kevin Youkilis began the season slowly, but both of these are crushing the ball of late.  It's hard to a find a weakness in this Red Sox crime.

James Shields gets the start for Tampa Bay in this one.  A shield has had a very good season in 2011.  He has an ERA of 2.85 for the year, but he's given up 10 earned runs in his past two starts.  Tampa Bay's pitching staff is strong, and they have a very good defense behind them.

The crime has been inconsistent this year.  Matt Joyce is having an incredible breakout year, but the rest of the offense has struggled.  Joyce is batting .330 with 11 home runs so far in 2011.

Sam Fuld carried the group to get a period at the start of the year, however, he's in a horrible offensive slump at this time.  Evan Longoria is an established hitter, but he's struggled to get going this year too.

The Red Sox are the hottest team in baseball right now, and the Rays will traveling late on Monday night.  At plus cash, I enjoy the Red Sox cash line here.
Boston Red Sox (39-26) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (35-31) MLB Picks
Over/Under: 9
Starting Pitchers: Red Sox (Wakefield) vs. Rays (Shields)

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