After a terrible series out west, the Red Sox look to right the ship against one of the worst teams in the American League in the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays, who are about to open a 11-game home stand, have lost 11 games in a row and are in complete free-fall. So, if the Red Sox crap their pants these next three games, keep that in mind.
The Red Sox will be sending Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound, who has been terrible since coming off of the disabled list. On the season, E-Rod is 1-2 with a 6.41 ERA and just doesn't look right since coming back. Whether the Red Sox put pressure on Rodriguez to come back quick, or he pushed himself to come back early, something is up. Fortunately, Rodriguez changed his delivery back to what it was last year, and pitched better last Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox. E-Rod allowed three runs in six innings and ultimately took a no-decision in the contest.
The Tampa Bay Rays will be sending #1 prospect Blake Snell to the mound to make his third Major League start. On the season, Snell is 0-2 with a 2.40 ERA, which is a testament to just how putrid this Tampa Bay Rays team is. In his last start, Snell went 6.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with three walks mixed in. Because of Snell's lack of experience, he does have some issues with command, which the Red Sox should pounce on tonight.