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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Picks, Predictions, Odds

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Betting Analysis

The Boston Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park for Game second of a three-game series on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Tampa Bay ranks fourth in the American League East with records of 43-37 overall and 18-20 on the road, which trails the division leading New York Yankees by 15 games. Boston falls second in the American League East standings with a record of 45-35 overall and 21-16 at home, which puts them 13 games back for the division lead.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Betting Prediction

The Tampa Bay Rays enter this matchup fourth in the AL East standings, 15 games behind the New York Yankees for first place. The Rays lost 4-0 in game-one of this series Monday and are 5-5 SU over their last 10 games. The Rays offense looked horrible in game-one with just two hits on the day. Tampa’s bullpen did not have the best of outings either, giving up 11 hits and four runs. The Rays offense has played poorly much of this season, but even this was bad for a team that normally averages 4.06 runs per game (25th). The bullpen has looked much better than the offense and their team ERA of 3.31 is the fourth best in the league. The left-hander Jeffrey Springs (3-2) is scheduled to get the start on Tuesday.  

Boston is currently second in the AL East standings, 13 games behind the New York Yankees for first place. The Red Sox have won six of their last 10 games including a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay on Monday. Boston had their bats working with 11 hits and four runs scored. The Red Sox bullpen had one of their best outings of the season as they held the Rays to just two hits and zero runs. After a slow start, Boston’s offense has turned things around and now average 4.72 runs per game (9th). Their bullpen has done the same and have a team ERA of 3.57 (6th). Right-handed pitcher Nick Pivetta (8-5) is expected to take the mound Tuesday for the Sox.  

These two teams seem to be headed in different directions as the season progresses. The Red Sox are adjusting and improving while Tampa is getting worst as the season goes on. I expect Tampa to see a bit more success than they did on Monday, but still expect Boston to win game-two of this series. Backing the Red Sox here.

Score Prediction: Red Sox 5, Rays 3
Best Bet: Red Sox ML

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Betting Odds

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Betting Resources

  • Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2022
  • Matchup: AL East
  • Venue: Fenway Park
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Time-TV: 7:10 p.m. ET – TBS

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox – Current Form

The Rays were tripped up by the Milwaukee Brewers last Wednesday, but didn’t grab any game out of two last Sunday against the Blue Jays. They limited the Toronto Blue Jays to just two runs in the second contest of the series on Saturday.

They dominated the Toronto Blue Jays with 11 runs on Saturday, in the third of a four-game series. The second-place Red Sox have now lost back-to-back series against the Blue Jays and the Cubs. The Red Sox were the weakest on Saturday, managing only one run in game two of a three-contest series against the Cubs.

The Red Sox were the weakest on Monday, when the Toronto Blue Jays scored seven runs in game two of a three-contest series against the Blue Jays.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox – Pitching Matchup

Tampa Bay: Jeffrey Springs (3-2, 2.25 ERA)

Jeffrey Springs is on the hill for the Rays in this contest as he makes his 10th start of the season hoping to build some positive momentum. He comes in 3-2 with a 2.25 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, 13 walks and 65 strikeouts over 60 innings of work this season. Springs received a no-decision in his most recent start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as Tampa Bay’s left-hander surrendered three runs on seven hits, and nine strikeouts during the Rays’ 4-3 home loss on June 24, 2022. Springs owns a 2-1 road record this season in five starts away from Tropicana Field. In those away outings, he has posted a 2.76 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, eight walks, and 33 strikeouts in 29.1 innings of work.

Boston: Nick Pivetta (8-5, 3.23 ERA)

The Red Sox’ right-hander Nick Pivetta owns a 8-5 record and 3.23 ERA in his 16th start of the season. Pivetta also posted a 1.12 WHIP, while striking out 91 and walking 32 batters in 94.2 innings this season. Boston’s 29-year-old right-hander didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays June 29, 2022. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts in a 5-6 the Red Sox loss. Pivetta owns a home record of 4-2 this season, in seven starts at Fenway Park. In those outings, he has posted a 2.79 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, 15 walks, and 40 strikeouts in 42 innings of work.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox – Series History

In the 23 encounters between this pair during the 2021 campaign, the Rays posted a winning 12-11 mark. This season, the teams are toe to toe, with two wins each.

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