MLB Picks: Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Game 3

Jeff GrantContributor IOctober 7, 2013

MLB Picks: Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Game 3

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    The Boston Red Sox have a 5-3 all-time record in Game 3 of a postseason series when holding a 2-0 series lead, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Monday, as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

    Sports bettors will find that the Red Sox are minus-114 road favorites in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at seven in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this American League Division Series matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

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Boston Red Sox

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    The Boston Red Sox have scored 19 runs in winning the first two games of this best-of-five series against the Tampa Bay Rays, including a 7-4 home victory last Saturday.

    Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz went 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA in seven road outings during the regular season.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    The Tampa Bay Rays have dropped 14 of 21 games against the Boston Red Sox since the start of the 2013 regular season, as they try to avoid getting swept in this series.

    Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb is 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA in seven career outings versus the Red Sox.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Boston Red Sox, as they've gone 20-6 in Clay Buchholz's last 26 starts as a road favorite.

    MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox -110

     

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