MLB Playoffs – Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Game 3

The Tampa Bay Rays face elimination this Monday when they host the Boston Red Sox at 6:07 PM ET at Tropicana Field, in game three of the American League divisional playoffs series.

The Red Sox won both games at Fenway Park; they have won 14 of the last 21 in against American League East opponents.

“That’s been a consistent approach that we’ve taken throughout the course of the year. We haven’t gotten ahead of ourselves,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “We haven’t carried on a thought or a feeling of what has taken place the night or the series before. And I think everyone is eager to get back on the field tomorrow.”

The Rays will have Alex Cobb as their starting pitcher; he’s 1-0 in this postseason with a 4-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in the wildcard game. Cobb had an 11-3 season record with a 2.25 ERA; he also was 7-0 with a 2.81 ERA in 13 starts at home.

“I like our chances here. We played really well down the stretch. I know our home fans will be out in full force, and I think our record speaks for itself. When we’ve had a full house, we’ve played pretty well,” Rays Evan Longoria said.

Bston will have Clay Buchholz on the mountain who was 12-1 this season with a 1.74 ERA.  He beat Tampa Bay twice this season and has a 2.41 ERA against the Rays.

The moneyline has both teams listed at -110.  The run total is set at 7.

Geoff Johnson

MTS co-founder Geoff Johnson is a lifelong Mets fan, something he can’t do anything about. He has a great track record when it comes to wagering on baseball – largely because he’s more than willing to bet against the Mets. His career profits are impressive, but not quite as good as his handsome friend Frank Lorenzo. He wishes he hadn’t let Frank write his profile.