Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays 5/24/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Rick Porcello vs. Blake Snell
The Boston Red Sox visit Tropicana Field on Thursday, May 24, 2018 to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable starters are Rick Porcello for the Red Sox and Blake Snell for the Rays.
The opening line for this matchup has Boston at -125 and Tampa Bay at +115. The Red Sox have a 22-24-2 over/under record and a 24-24-0 run line mark. The Rays are 25-21-0 against the run line and have a 23-20-3 over/under record.
Valuable Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 22-24-2 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 24-24-0 against the run line
Important Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 23-20-3 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 25-21-0 against the run line
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
05/15/18 P Carson Smith Shoulder 10-day DL (05/15)
05/15/18 P Hector Velazquez Back 10-day DL (05/14)
03/30/18 P Austin Maddox Shoulder 10-day DL (03/29)
03/30/18 P Tyler Thornburg Shoulder 10-day DL (03/29)
03/29/18 2B Dustin Pedroia Knee 10-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 SS Marco Hernandez Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 P Steven Wright Knee 10-day DL (03/26)
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
05/22/18 P Jake Faria Side left last game, is "?" for next start.
05/22/18 2B Joey Wendle Paternity List is out indefinitely
05/22/18 C Wilson Ramos Hand is "?" Wednesday vs Boston Red Sox
05/21/18 SS Adeiny Hechavarria Hamstring 10-day DL (05/18)
05/17/18 CF Carlos Gomez Groin 10-day DL (05/16)
05/02/18 P Yonny Chirinos Forearm 10-day DL (04/29)
04/17/18 CF Kevin Kiermaier Thumb 60-day DL (04/16)
04/11/18 P Jose De Leon Elbow 60-day DL (03/28)
03/29/18 P Nathan Eovaldi Elbow 10-day DL (03/28)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Red Sox have a 33-15 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Rick Porcello has a 6-1 record with an earned run average of 3.39 and a WHIP of 1.05 this season. He has 63 strikeouts over his 63.2 innings pitched and he's given up 56 hits. He's allowed 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.81. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.48 and they have given up 137 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the bullpen and they've struck out 177 hitters and walked 56 batters. As a team, Boston allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.54. The Red Sox pitchers collectively have given up 382 base hits and 173 earned runs. They have allowed 50 home runs this season, ranking them 19th in the league. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 139 batters and struck out 483. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.19 and their FIP as a unit is 3.46.
As a team Boston is hitting .269, good for 1st in the league. The Red Sox hold a .464 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.6 hits per game. Mookie Betts is hitting .368 with an on-base percentage of .439. He has 63 hits this season in 171 at bats with 35 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .772 and an OPS+ of 215. J.D. Martinez is hitting .343 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .399. He has totaled 61 hits and he has driven in 41 men in 178 at bats. His OPS+ is 180 while his slugging percentage is at .674. The Red Sox have 459 hits, including 113 doubles and 70 home runs. Boston has walked 147 times so far this season and they have struck out 369 times as a unit. They have left 335 men on base and have a team OPS of .795. They score 5.35 runs per contest and have scored a total of 257 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Tampa Bay has a 22-24 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.07, Blake Snell has a 5-3 record and a 1.04 WHIP. He has 61 strikeouts over the 58.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 42 hits. He's allowing 6.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.78. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.44 and they have given up 168 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 169 batters and walked 67 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.36. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 366 base knocks and 198 earned runs this season. They have given up 52 home runs this year, which ranks 15th in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 145 hitters and struck out 373 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 4.16.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 3rd in the league. The Rays hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 9.0 hits per contest. C.J. Cron comes into this matchup batting .272 with an OBP of .325. He has 49 hits this year along with 27 RBI in 180 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .494 with an OPS+ of 126. Mallex Smith is hitting .294 this season and he has an OBP of .362. He has collected 40 hits in 136 at bats while driving in 10 runs. He has an OPS+ of 114 and a slugging percentage of .397. The Rays as a unit have 415 base hits, including 67 doubles and 46 homers. Tampa Bay has walked 152 times this year and they have struck out on 399 occasions. They have had 330 men left on base and have an OPS of .737. They have scored 4.33 runs per game and totaled 199 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Red Sox/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Red Sox -125
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