Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays - 10/8/21 MLB Picks and Prediction

Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays - 10/8/21 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays (100-62) vs Boston Red Sox (93-70)

Game Info: Friday, October 8, 2021 at 7:02 pm (Tropicana Field)

Shane Baz (2-0) (2.02) vs Chris Sale (5-1) (3.16)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -125 / Boston Red Sox -105 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS in MLB action at Tropicana Park. The Red Sox need a win here after getting shutout in game 1. The Rays look for another win to take a 2-0 series commanding lead.

The Boston Red Sox just couldn’t get their offense going in their series opening loss. The Red Sox have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. The Red Sox have lost eight straight games when scoring three or less runs. Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox with three hits and two RBI while Kyle Schwarber and Alex Verdugo have combined for six hits and four RBI. Chris Sale gets the ball, and he was 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. Sale is 1-2 with a 5.76 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Tampa Bay Rays dominated in the opening game of this series on Thursday. The Rays have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Rays have won 10 straight games when scoring four or more runs. Wander Franco leads the Rays with two hits and one RBI while Randy Arozarena and Nelson Cruz have combined for two hits and two RBI. Shane Baz gets the ball, and he was 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. Baz will make his postseason debut when he takes the mound tonight.

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The Red Sox are 19-7 in their last 26 Friday games and 6-1 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series. The Rays are 11-2 in their last 13 Friday games and 39-17 in their last 56 during game 2 of a series. The under is 7-2 in Red Sox last 9 overall. The under is 6-1 in Rays last 7 overall. The Red Sox are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Tampa Bay and 4-11 in the last 15 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Rays are a really, really good team that seems to have another gear in the postseason. However, Baz is taking the mound, a pitcher with just 13.1 big league innings under his belt. We're going to find out a lot about the 22-year-old in this game. Sale didn't have the workload he's had in past regular seasons and he's used to the bright lights, as he has a World Series ring from 2018. While the Rays are the better team overall, it's a lot easier to trust the Red Sox starting pitching edge here. I lean Red Sox to even up this series.

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Randy’s Pick Boston Red Sox -105

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