Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox MLB Picks & Predictions 8/1/2019
Thursday, August 1, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Brendan McKay vs. Andrew Cashner
Rafael Devers and the Boston Red Sox (59-49, 3rd in AL East) host the Tampa Bay Rays (61-48, 2nd in AL East) at Fenway Park on Thursday, August 1, 2019. The Rays open this contest at +121 while the Red Sox are priced at -131. The over/under opens at 10.5.
The Rays have been excellent for MLB wagerers, having gone 61-48-0 SU. The Red Sox cover 54.6% of the time, going 59-49-0 straight up. The Red Sox have been excellent for MLB wagerers as the favorite, going 50-39-0 SU. Tampa Bay has went 13-15-0 straight up as the underdog, so they cover 46.4% of the time.
Valuable Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Rays have been a decent Under choice for O/U baseball wagerers, having gone 47-54-8.
The Rays cover 60.0% of the time as the visitor, having gone 33-22-0 straight up.
Important Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston is covering 51.9% of the time at Fenway Park, going 27-25-0 SU.
The Red Sox have been an excellent Over choice for O/U baseball wagerers, having gone 64-41-3.
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
7/30/2019 Yandy Diaz 3B Foot Expected to be out until at least Aug 9
7/30/2019 Tommy Pham LF Hand Probable for Jul 31
7/29/2019 Brandon Lowe 2B Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Aug 11
7/29/2019 Blake Snell SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
7/28/2019 Ryne Stanek SP Hip Expected to be out until at least Aug 3
7/28/2019 Anthony Banda SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 5
7/26/2019 Kevin Kiermaier CF Thumb Expected to be out until at least Jul 31
7/25/2019 Jose Alvarado RP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
7/15/2019 Tyler Glasnow SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
4/2/2019 Jose Mujica SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
7/28/2019 Blake Swihart C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Jul 31
7/27/2019 Brian Johnson RP Infection Expected to be out until at least Aug 3
7/20/2019 Steven Wright RP Foot Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
7/18/2019 Steve Pearce 1B Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
5/28/2019 Dustin Pedroia 2B Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
11/1/2019 Austin Maddox RP Shoulder Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rays have a 61-48 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Brendan McKay has a 1-1 record with an earned run average of 3.72 and a WHIP of 1.03 this season. He has 18 strikeouts over his 19.1 innings pitched and he's given up 19 hits. He's allowed 8.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.86. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.85 and they have given up 441 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the bullpen and they've struck out 502 hitters and walked 184 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.56. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 844 base hits and 392 earned runs. They have allowed 117 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 317 batters and struck out 1,054. They have walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.17 and their FIP as a unit is 3.69.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .253, good for 12th in the league. The Rays hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 10th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Avisail Garcia is hitting .275 with an on-base percentage of .332. He has 98 hits this season in 357 at bats with 49 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .445 and an OPS+ of 105. Austin Meadows is hitting .290 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .367. He has totaled 96 hits and he has driven in 48 men in 331 at bats. His OPS+ is 133 while his slugging percentage is at .520. The Rays have 962 hits, including 200 doubles and 141 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 363 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,036 times as a unit. They have left 778 men on base and have a team OPS of .755. They score 4.63 runs per contest and have scored a total of 505 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Boston has a 59-49 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.18, Andrew Cashner has a 10-5 record and a 1.26 WHIP. He has 81 strikeouts over the 114 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 110 hits. He's allowing 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.49. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.53 and they have given up 383 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .240 against the Red Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 489 batters and walked 192 opposing hitters. As a team, Boston allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.67. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 954 base knocks and 508 earned runs this season. They have given up 143 home runs this year, which ranks 15th in Major League Baseball. Boston as a staff has walked 374 hitters and struck out 1,097 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.36 while their FIP as a staff is 4.19.
As a team, they are batting .277, good for 1st in the league. The Red Sox hold a .475 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .348, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.9 hits per contest. Rafael Devers comes into this matchup batting .332 with an OBP of .383. He has 141 hits this year along with 82 RBI in 425 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .581 with an OPS+ of 145. J.D. Martinez is hitting .293 this season and he has an OBP of .364. He has collected 115 hits in 393 at bats while driving in 61 runs. He has an OPS+ of 128 and a slugging percentage of .529. The Red Sox as a unit have 1,070 base hits, including 238 doubles and 164 homers. Boston has walked 406 times this year and they have struck out on 905 occasions. They have had 793 men left on base and have an OPS of .823. They have scored 5.84 runs per game and totaled 631 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Red Sox MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rays +121
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