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Rays vs Red Sox Preview: Let’s Win Tonight

Alex Cobb and Rick Porcello go to the mound tonight

Tampa Bay Devil Rays vs Boston Red Sox September 18, 2003 Photo by J Rogash/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays did not have a very fun time over their past two series. They blew leads, they made errors, they were shutout, and they lost a lot...things did not go well. The Rays will hope to put that behind them as they travel up to Boston for their second series at Fenway this season with the Boston Red Sox.

The Rays lost three of four to the Royals, dropping their record to 17-20 on the season. The Boston Red Sox meanwhile are 18-16, despite losing two of three in Milwaukee to the Brewers.

Tonight’s first pitch will be at 7:10.

Starting Lineups.

Steven Souza is out of the Rays lineup again. He hasn’t played since the 8th.

Brad Miller, Corey Dickerson, and Logan Morrison all love to hit off of Porcello. The trio all have OPS’s over .900 against him in over 20 plate appearances. Meanwhile, Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria would prefer almost anyone else on the mound as they both have OPS’s under .700 in over 30 plate appearances.

Today's Lineups

Corey Dickerson - LF Mookie Betts - RF
Brad Miller - 2B Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Evan Longoria - 3B Xander Bogaerts - SS
Logan Morrison - 1B Andrew Benintendi - LF
Rickie Weeks - DH Chris Young - DH
Colby Rasmus - RF Mitch Moreland - 1B
Tim Beckham - SS Josh Rutledge - 3B
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Sandy Leon - C
Derek Norris - C Jackie Bradley - CF
Alex Cobb - RHP Rick Porcello - RHP

Starting Pitchers

Alex Cobb

He turned in his best performance of the season during his last time on the mound as he went eight strong innings against the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing just two runs on four hits, while he walked two and struck out three.

Rick Porcello

He also turned in his best performance as well during his last start on the 6th against the Minnesota Twins. Porcello worked seven innings and allowed a lone run which came from a solo homer. He allowed a total of seven hits, while he walked none and struck out six.

Righties are doing much better than lefties this year against Porcello, who has suffered an uptick in homeruns this season. Porcello has struggled this season at Fenway where he has been blasted giving up 16 runs over 23 innings.