Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/4/2020
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Red Sox (+140) Rays (-160)
Tropicana Field is the site where Brandon Lowe and the Tampa Bay Rays (4-6, 4th in AL East) will play the Boston Red Sox (3-7, 5th in AL East) on Tuesday. The line on this game has the Red Sox priced at +140 and the Rays are at -160. The over/under is set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Nathan Eovaldi and Charlie Morton.
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
8/3/2020 Josh Taylor RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 4
8/1/2020 Eduardo Rodriguez SP Illness Out for the season
7/28/2020 Darwinzon Hernandez RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
7/7/2020 Dustin Pedroia 2B Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
6/28/2020 Chris Sale SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
8/2/2020 Manuel Margot LF Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 4
7/31/2020 Austin Meadows RF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 4
7/30/2020 Randy Arozarena CF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 5
7/21/2020 Colin Poche RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Red Sox have a 3-7 overall record this season. Eovaldi (47-54 win-loss record in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.05 while he has gone up against 3,977 opposing hitters in the majors. His ERA is 4.28 (441 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.366. He has conceded 972 base hits (9.4 hits per nine innings) and has had 296 free passes. Eovaldi has taken the ball for 928 innings and is sitting with 718 strikeouts so far in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.11 and they have given up 51 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the bullpen and they've struck out 56 hitters and walked 18 batters. As a team, Boston allows 9.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.79. The Red Sox pitchers collectively have given up 93 base hits and 56 earned runs. They have allowed 17 home runs this season, ranking them 2nd in the league. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 40 batters and struck out 79. They have walked 4.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.53 and their FIP as a unit is 5.46.
As a team Boston is hitting .257, good for 5th in the league. The Red Sox hold a .425 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. Jackie Bradley Jr is hitting .276 with an on-base percentage of .364. He has 8 hits this season in 29 at bats with 3 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .345 and an OPS+ of 100. J.D. Martinez is hitting .222 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .317. He has totaled 8 hits and he has driven in 3 men in 36 at bats. His OPS+ is 83 while his slugging percentage is at .333. The Red Sox have 89 hits, including 22 doubles and 12 home runs. Boston has walked 26 times so far this season and they have struck out 86 times as a unit. They have left 64 men on base and have a team OPS of .741. They score 4.6 runs per contest and have scored a total of 46 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Tampa Bay has a 4-6 overall mark this year. So far in his MLB career, Morton has conceded 1,372 base knocks while he has earned 1,245 K's in 1,410 innings. He has surrendered a total of 641 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.335 and a FIP of 3.9. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.44 and he has faced 6,073 batters during his pro baseball career. Morton (91-88 career record) is the owner of a 4.09 earned run average and has given up 8.8 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.94 and they have given up 48 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 56 batters and walked 17 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.6 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.76. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 87 base knocks and 37 earned runs this season. They have given up 11 home runs this year, which ranks 14th in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 34 hitters and struck out 104 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 3.60.
As a team, they are batting .210, good for 23rd in the league. The Rays hold a .368 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 6.9 hits per contest. Brandon Lowe comes into this matchup batting .286 with an OBP of .375. He has 10 hits this year along with 8 RBI in 35 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .657 with an OPS+ of 191. Ji-Man Choi is hitting .167 this season and he has an OBP of .310. He has collected 4 hits in 24 at bats while driving in 4 runs. He has an OPS+ of 97 and a slugging percentage of .375. The Rays as a unit have 69 base hits, including 16 doubles and 10 homers. Tampa Bay has walked 41 times this year and they have struck out on 92 occasions. They have had 60 men left on base and have an OPS of .671. They have scored 4.6 runs per game and totaled 46 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Red Sox/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rays (-160)
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