David OrtizBoston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Thursday Free MLB Pick: The Tampa Bay Rays have had a disaster of a series against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. The three-game set wraps up on Thursday night, and once again, they are expected to put up a great fight against one of the hottest teams in baseball. We faded Tampa Bay with success on Wednesday, and we’re going to do the same thing with our MLB picks on Thursday as well.

Red Sox vs. Rays Game Time: 7:10 p.m. ET
Red Sox vs. Rays Live TV Coverage: MLB Network
MLB Odds at Carbon Sportsbook (150% Deposit Bonus): Red Sox -115 / Rays +106 (Total: 8)

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Really, is there any change in what has been going on with this series over the course of the last two days? We really felt at the outset that Tampa Bay was going to put up a fight, and for the most part, it has. However, when push has come to shove and a big time pitch has had to be made, the Rays aren’t getting the job done. RHP Jeremy Hellickson has a 5.04 ERA on the season, and it feels like every single one of his starts, that number is just going up. He’s got two pretty darn good starts against the Red Sox under his belt this year, but those were way back at the beginning of the season. RHP Jake Peavy gets the call for Boston, and he has had five good starts, one horrid start, and one iffy start since coming over to Beantown in a trade from the Chicago White Sox. This is a night that he will shine though, as Tampa Bay’s bats aren’t humming when they really need to. The Sox open up a double-digit lead in the AL East and put an exclamation point on this series sweep against a Rays outfit that is really struggling on Thursday.

Red Sox vs. Rays Free Pick for September 12th: Boston Red Sox -115

 

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