Sale-ing over in Tampa Bay
July 06, 2017 8:54 AM
by Michelle SportSX
Even with Sale on the mound, the score might sail over on Thursday night. The Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays on July 6th at 7:10 pm ET and at the time of this writing the total is 7.5 and that means, well it probably means, Chris Sale is pitching. Only that does not mean that the game will be low scoring, because as we’ve seen with the baseball, MLB games as of late, scores can land in the double digits sooner than later, and when that happens is usually over, even before the ‘Fat Lady sings!’
Boston is pretty much even across the board when it comes to ‘ATS Away’ and the Rays are 19-23 ‘ATS Away.’ This compared to Boston, 20-19 ‘ATS Away.’ Chris Sale is most likely going to be slated to start in the All-Star game, is having an outstanding year, and currently has an ERA of 2.61. The opposing pitcher has spent much of this career thus far in the Minor Leagues, but his Major League performance has been nothing to sneeze at, and Jake Faria has an ERA of just 2.23. With a total of 7 1/2, experts are predicting a low-scoring game and with the ASG on deck, it could be that Sale will want to ease on down the road, and will keep things tight. He’s been striking out players left and right.
Only I’m never one to take the ‘Under’ regardless of the outstanding duel on the mound, and I’m thinking that the game total runs will exceed the predicted total and could be one to look at for the ‘First Five.’ Keep an eye on the odds and shop around, and do your homework. When the total is this low, there’s a good chance it could go over. The Home Run Derby is on deck, momentum might be in the air, and hitters might be aiming to get their bats pumping. Sale will likely perform well, Red Sox might have a good night, but I’ll stay clear of a side, and go with the ‘Over.’ (I know, I know Sale is pitching, but I’m still taking the ‘Over’ and that’s my final answer. )