The Boston Red Sox are looking to play catch up in the AL East and a solid weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays helps that cause. They’re going to try and reel in the Yankees and Rays after getting behind early. Call it a hangover or whatever you want, but the defending World Series Champions did not look like themselves.
Boston looked like a champion last night, as they got standout pitching from David price and the bullpen took care of the rest. Price has been locked in recently, highlighted by a win over the Yankees last week. What the Red Sox must address at the trade deadline is their bullpen. It didn’t look like it last night, as they handled the Rays’ offense, but far too often they’ve made games interesting.
Because right now it’s not built to handle work in the postseason. The Red Sox may have won the night game, but they were blown out, 9-2, in the first game of a double header on Saturday. The playoffs usually come down to what team has the better relievers and the Red Sox are currently not in a position to compete with the top teams in that regard. There are going to be a host of talent starters available as well.
Noah Syndergaard, Max Scherzer, Noah Syndergaard, Madison Bumgarner, and Marcus Stroman just to name a few might be out there. Scherzer could be the most difficult to lure in, as the Nationals have him under contract until 2021. There are more pitchers that have been solid in 2019 that are going to be trade bait, so it’s going to be interesting for a team like the Red Sox.
The Red Sox could upgrade Eduardo Rodriguez, who is getting the start this afternoon in the series finale. Rodriguez hasn’t been terrible, but there a plethora of options better than him. Defending Cy Young winner, Blake Snell, will get the ball on Sunday against Rodriguez for the Rays. Head below for our free Rays vs. Red Sox pick.
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Blake Snell has been having of sorts as well. The Rays as a team have been playing extremely well and are a threat to win the AL East or at least go to the postseason as a wildcard. However, Snell has off course when it comes to defending his Cy Young. Snell in his 2018 form and the Rays are likely ahead of the Yankees right now in the AL East. He’s been particularly vulnerable on the road, where he has posted an ERA of 4.50 with a .305 OBA in 32 innings of play. Snell is coming off his worst start of the year, allowing 7 hits and 6 runs to the lowly Tigers in Detroit.
Note that Snell finished with an ERA of 1.89 to win the Cy Young in 2018. In his two other seasons as a major league pitcher, Snell posted ERA’s of 3.54 and 4.04, so he’s been reverting back to his average more than anything this year. Variance can be unfriendly to some guys. The Red Sox are hitting .225 against Snell in 138 at-bats. Rodriguez has been equally as effective, as the Rays are hitting .230 with 1 home run against him in 61 at-bats. Brandon Lowe is the only Ray on the roster to take E-Rod deep in his career.
Rodriguez and Snell have been equals lately as well, with an ERA of 4.76 in Snell’s last three starts and a 4.86 ERA for Rodriguez. Eduardo has been better at home with an ERA of 3.56 and 1.09 WHIP at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are 5-2 over the Rays in Rodriguez’s seven career starts against Tampa. Snell has been overpriced this season as a result of what he did last season. This isn’t the same Cy Young Snell, though. Take the value on the Red Sox on Sunday to get it done in the series finale at Fenway.