Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays 8/24/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, August 24, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Hector Velazquez vs. Jalen Beeks
Tropicana Field is the site of the matchup between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, August 24, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Hector Velazquez for the Red Sox and Jalen Beeks for the Rays.
Boston opens at -139 while Tampa Bay opens at +129. The Red Sox have a 59-63-6 over/under record and a 76-52-0 run line mark. The Rays are 71-56-0 against the run line and have a 53-70-4 over/under record.
Valuable Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 59-63-6 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 76-52-0 against the run line
Important Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 53-70-4 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 71-56-0 against the run line
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
08/18/18 P Chris Sale Shoulder 10-day DL (08/15)
08/17/18 3B Rafael Devers Hamstring 10-day DL (08/17)
07/15/18 P Eduardo Rodriguez Ankle 10-day DL (07/15)
07/08/18 C Christian Vazquez Finger 10-day DL (07/08)
06/27/18 P Steven Wright Knee 10-day DL (06/23)
06/02/18 2B Dustin Pedroia Knee 60-day DL (05/30)
05/15/18 P Carson Smith Shoulder 60-day DL (05/15)
03/30/18 P Austin Maddox Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 SS Marco Hernandez Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
08/22/18 CF Tommy Pham Hand is "?" Thursday vs Kansas City Royals
08/04/18 SS Daniel Robertson Thumb 10-day DL (08/04)
07/11/18 P Jose Alvarado Personal is out indefinitely
07/04/18 P Vidal Nuno Hamstring 10-day DL (07/04)
06/30/18 P Wilmer Font Side 60-day DL (06/30)
06/18/18 3B Christian Arroyo Oblique 10-day DL (06/17)
04/11/18 P Jose De Leon Elbow 60-day DL (03/28)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Red Sox have a 89-39 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Hector Velazquez has a 7-1 record with an earned run average of 2.74 and a WHIP of 1.39 this year. He has 38 strikeouts over his 65.2 innings pitched and he's given up 71 hits. He's allowed 9.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.33. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.31 and they have given up 360 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .224 against the bullpen and they've struck out 458 hitters and walked 170 batters. As a team, Boston allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.5. The Red Sox pitchers collectively have given up 1,009 base hits and 450 earned runs. They have allowed 133 home runs this season, ranking them 22nd in the league. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 389 batters and struck out 1,226. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.21 and their FIP as a unit is 3.68.
As a team Boston is hitting .269, good for 1st in the league. The Red Sox hold a .461 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.3 hits per game. J.D. Martinez is hitting .333 with an on-base percentage of .403. He has 154 hits this season in 463 at bats with 108 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .657 and an OPS+ of 179. Andrew Benintendi is hitting .299 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .378. He has totaled 139 hits and he has driven in 74 men in 465 at bats. His OPS+ is 134 while his slugging percentage is at .497. The Red Sox have 1,196 hits, including 287 doubles and 172 home runs. Boston has walked 432 times so far this season and they have struck out 980 times as a unit. They have left 873 men on base and have a team OPS of .798. They score 5.42 runs per contest and have scored a total of 694 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Tampa Bay has a 66-61 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 6.91, Jalen Beeks has a 2-1 record and a 1.47 WHIP this season. He has 24 strikeouts over the 28.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 28 hits. He allows 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.41. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.73 and they have given up 533 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 574 batters and walked 223 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 963 base knocks and 469 earned runs this season. They have given up 126 home runs this year, which ranks 26th in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 401 hitters and struck out 1,102 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.20 while their FIP as a staff is 3.82.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 9th in the league. The Rays hold a .393 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Mallex Smith comes into this matchup batting .304 with an OBP of .374. He has 112 hits this year along with 31 RBI in 369 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .425 with an OPS+ of 124. C.J. Cron is hitting .249 this season and he has an OBP of .315. He has collected 104 hits in 417 at bats while driving in 59 runs. He has an OPS+ of 118 and a slugging percentage of .477. The Rays as a unit have 1,089 base hits, including 209 doubles and 113 homers. Tampa Bay has walked 400 times this year and they have struck out on 1,083 occasions. They have had 888 men left on base and have an OPS of .719. They have scored 4.12 runs per game and totaled 523 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Red Sox/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays +129
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