Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Rick Porcello vs. Matt Andriese
The Boston Red Sox head to Tropicana Field on Wednesday to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable pitchers are Rick Porcello for the Red Sox and Matt Andriese for the Rays. The opening line for this game has Boston at -155 and Tampa Bay at +145. The over/under is 8. The Red Sox have a 62-57-5 over/under mark and a 62-62-0 run line record, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Rays are 54-69-0 against the run line and have a 58-58-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 44% of the time.
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The Red Sox head into this game with a 70-54 record, and they are 32-27 on the road. Starting pitcher Rick Porcello has a 17-3 record with an ERA of 3.22 and a WHIP of 1.04. He has 137 strikeouts during his 165 innings pitched and he has given up 144 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.69. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.96 and they have allowed 327 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the pen while they've been struck out 387 times and walked 148 times this year. As a unit, Boston has given up 8.61 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.39 hitters per nine. They are 16th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.20. The Red Sox pitchers have collectively given up 1,054 base hits and 514 earned runs. They have allowed 139 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 385 batters and struck out 1,027. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 4.11.
As a team, Boston is hitting .285, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .266 average on the road. The Red Sox have a .468 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .351 which is good for 1st in the league. They rank 1st in baseball with 10.02 hits per contest. Xander Bogaerts comes into this game hitting .312 and his on-base percentage is at .366. He has 157 hits this season along with 89 runs scored and 71 runs batted in. He's struck out 87 times and has walked 40 times. Mookie Betts is hitting .313 and he has an on-base percentage of .354. He has totaled 164 hits so far while scoring 99 runs and he's driven in 89. He has walked 34 times and has struck out 69 times. The Red Sox have 1,242 hits, including 275 doubles and 160 home runs. They've stolen 68 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. Boston has walked 421 times this season and they've struck out 877 times as a unit. They've left 899 men on base and have a team OPS of .819. They score 5.51 runs per contest and have scored a total of 683 runs so far this year.
Tampa Bay comes into this game with a 30-36 home mark and a 52-71 overall record. With an ERA of 3.66, Matt Andriese has a 6-5 record and a 1.12 WHIP. He has 74 strikeouts over the 91 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 82 hits. He has allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.78. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.28 and they have given up 373 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .260 against the Rays bullpen while being struck out 334 times and walking 128 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8.78 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.57 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.13. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,058 base knocks and 498 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 159 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 361 hitters and struck out 1,033. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.22.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .233 average at home. The Rays hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 27th in baseball with 8.11 hits per contest. Evan Longoria comes into this matchup batting .291 and he has an OBP of .342. He has 139 hits this year along with 66 runs scored and 78 RBI. He's struck out 110 times and has walked on 37 occasions. Logan Forsythe is hitting .279 and he has an OBP of .341. He has collected 102 hits so far while he's scored 60 runs and drove in 41. He has earned a walk 30 times and has punched out 84 times. The Rays as a unit have 998 base hits, including 215 doubles and 166 homers. They have 47 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 29 times. Tampa Bay as a team has walked 365 times this year and they have struck out 1,109 times. They've had 807 men left on base and have an OPS of .735. They score 4.21 runs per game and have totaled 518 runs so far this season.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 62-57-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 62-62-0 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 58-58-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 54-69-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
08/21/16 P Eduardo Rodriguez Hamstring "?" for next scheduled start
08/15/16 P Steven Wright Shoulder 15-day DL (8/8)
08/06/16 C Ryan Hanigan Ankle 15-day DL (8/5)
07/20/16 P Koji Uehara Pectoral 15-day DL (7/20)
06/17/16 2B Josh Rutledge Knee 60-day DL (6/15)
06/07/16 P Carson Smith Elbow 60-day DL (5/15)
06/06/16 C Blake Swihart Ankle 60-day DL (6/5)
05/03/16 3B Pablo Sandoval Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
04/04/16 P Brandon Workman Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Tampa Bay Rays
08/20/16 2B Nick Franklin Concussion 7-day (8/20)
08/07/16 LF Desmond Jennings Knee 15-day DL (8/3)
08/07/16 P Enny Romero Back 15-day DL (8/4)
07/31/16 RF Oswaldo Arcia Elbow 15-day DL (7/27)
04/01/16 P Alex Cobb Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Rays
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