Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 4/8/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Sunday, April 8, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Ryan Yarbrough vs. Eduardo Rodriguez
The Tampa Bay Rays head to Fenway Park on Sunday, April 8, 2018 to take on the Boston Red Sox. The expected starting pitchers are Ryan Yarbrough for the Rays and Eduardo Rodriguez for the Red Sox.
The odds for this matchup have Tampa Bay at +182 and Boston at -195. The Rays have a 3-4-0 over/under mark and a 5-2-0 run line record. The Red Sox are 2-5-0 against the run line and have a 2-5-0 over/under record.
Valuable Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 3-4-0 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 5-2-0 against the run line
Important Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 2-5-0 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 2-5-0 against the run line
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
03/29/18 P Nathan Eovaldi Elbow 10-day DL (03/28)
03/26/18 P Jose De Leon Elbow 10-day DL (03/28)
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
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 P Eduardo Rodriguez Knee 10-day DL (03/26); expected to be activated & start Sunday
03/26/18 P Drew Pomeranz Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 SS Marco Hernandez Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 P Steven Wright Knee 10-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rays have a 1-6 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Ryan Yarbrough has a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 2.25 and a WHIP of 2.25 this year. He has 3 strikeouts over his 4 innings pitched and he's given up 5 hits. He allows 11.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.49. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.06 and they have given up 27 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the bullpen and they've struck out 29 hitters and walked 16 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.1. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 56 base hits and 29 earned runs. They have allowed 7 home runs this season, ranking them 16th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 29 batters and struck out 57. They have walked 4.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 4.14.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .188, good for 28th in the league. The Rays hold a .266 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .263, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 6.1 hits per game. Brad Miller is hitting .190 with an on-base percentage of .261. He has 4 hits this season in 21 at bats with 2 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .333 and an OPS+ of 68. Denard Span is hitting .222 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .318. He has totaled 4 hits and he has driven in 6 men in 18 at bats. His OPS+ is 101 while his slugging percentage is at .389. The Rays have 43 hits, including 7 doubles and 3 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 24 times so far this season and they have struck out 67 times as a unit. They have left 44 men on base and have a team OPS of .529. They score 2.43 runs per contest and have scored a total of 17 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Boston has a 6-1 overall mark this year. Eduardo Rodriguez is expected to make his season debut for the Red Sox. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.00 and they have given up 19 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .194 against the Red Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 31 batters and walked 16 opposing hitters. As a team, Boston allows 6.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.09. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 49 base knocks and 16 earned runs this season. They have given up 4 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Boston as a staff has walked 26 hitters and struck out 70 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.09 while their FIP as a staff is 2.89.
As a team, they are batting .240, good for 15th in the league. The Red Sox hold a .368 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 10th in MLB with 8.9 hits per contest. Rafael Devers comes into this matchup batting .280 with an OBP of .357. He has 7 hits this year along with 5 RBI in 25 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .400 with an OPS+ of 116. Xander Bogaerts is hitting .344 this season and he has an OBP of .364. He has collected 11 hits in 32 at bats while driving in 3 runs. He has an OPS+ of 175 and a slugging percentage of .625. The Red Sox as a unit have 62 base hits, including 19 doubles and 4 homers. Boston has walked 25 times this year and they have struck out on 47 occasions. They have had 55 men left on base and have an OPS of .683. They have scored 3.43 runs per game and totaled 24 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Red Sox MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rays +182
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