Apr 1, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) on deck against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox


It is still early in the season, but this has been an ugly stretch of baseball for the Tampa Bay Rays. The 10 game road trip started off on a sour note, as the Rays lost to the Chicago White Sox on rookie Jose Abreu’s walk-off grand slam. That set the tone of the rest of the series, as the Sox were able to take 3 of 4 from the Rays, who have now lost 5 of their last 6 games. The road trip continues with a visit up to Boston to take on the Red Sox, though the Rays have not played well away from Tropicana Field, having lost six of their last seven road games. Surprisingly, this series pits the two teams in the AL East cellar against each other, as both teams find themselves looking up at the division leading New York Yankees.

AL East Standings

AL East
W
L
GB
Run Diff.
Streak
Baltimore Orioles5242-+26W1
Toronto Blue Jays49474+19L2
New York Yankees47475-37L1
Tampa Bay Rays44539.5-26W2
Boston Red Sox43529.5-38W1

Even with the early season woes, the AL East remains a wide open division, with every team separated by 4 games or less. Baseball Prospectus still gives the Rays over a 20% chance of winning the division, though the Yankees remain the prohibitive favorite at this point with almost a 40% chance. Overall, the Rays have a 39.6% chance of making the playoffs and a 4.9% chance to win the World Series. Yes their odds have dropped almost 13% in the past week, but that doesn’t prohibit the Rays from flipping the script over the next seven days.

In an effort to mix up the mojo around here, we aren’t going to make any analysis or predictions, but instead, we’ll list one thing that needs to happen for the Rays to win.

 

Series Preview:

Game 1: Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox

Tuesday, April 29th @ 7:10 p.m. EST

TV: Sun Sports, MLB Network

Radio: WDAE 620 AM /95.3 FM, WGES 680 (Sp.)

Erik Bedard (0-1, 7.45 ERA/4.02 FIP) vs. John Lackey (3-2, 4.22 ERA/3.65 FIP )

Rays Win If…you see John Lackey doing this:

John Lackey

 

Game 2: Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox

Wednesday, April 30th @ 7:10 p.m. EST

TV: Sun Sports, ESPN

Radio: WDAE 620 AM /95.3 FM, WGES 680 (Sp.)

Chris Archer (2-1, 4.11 ERA/2.37 FIP) vs. Felix Doubront (1-3, 6.00 ERA/4.88 FIP )

Rays Win If…Wil Myers does this:

 

Game 3: Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox

Thursday, May 1st @ 7:10 p.m. EST

TV: Sun Sports, MLB Network 

Radio: WDAE 620 AM /95.3 FM, WGES 680 (Sp.)

Cesar Ramos (1-1, 3.38 ERA/4.34 FIP) vs. Jake Peavy (1-0, 2.87 ERA/4.65 FIP )

Rays Win If…something like this happens:

For more information on the upcoming series, visit the Fansided team pages for the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. Also be sure to check out the great Q&A Conor Duffy and Robbie Knopf.

 

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