Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/12/2020
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Location: Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Rays (-145) Red Sox (+125)
Xander Bogaerts and the Boston Red Sox (6-10, 5th in AL East) play the Tampa Bay Rays (9-8, 2nd in AL East) at Fenway Park on Wednesday. The Rays open this contest at -145 while the Red Sox are priced at +125. The O/U has been set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound will be Blake Snell and Zack Godley.
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
8/10/2020 Charlie Morton SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/9/2020 Oliver Drake RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 19
8/6/2020 Yonny Chirinos SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
8/5/2020 Randy Arozarena CF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 12
7/21/2020 Colin Poche RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
8/11/2020 Mitch Moreland 1B Knee Probable for Aug 11
8/11/2020 Rafael Devers 3B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Aug 12
8/10/2020 Josh Taylor RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 12
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
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rays have a 9-8 overall record this season. Snell (38-28 mark in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 3.47 while he has faced 2,125 opposing hitters in the major leagues. His ERA is 3.24 (185 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.243. He has given up 421 base hits (7.4 hits per 9 innings) with 218 free passes. Snell has taken the mound for 514 frames and is sitting with 599 punchouts so far in his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.38 and they have given up 79 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the bullpen and they've struck out 92 hitters and walked 30 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.8 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 3.78. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 145 base hits and 62 earned runs. They have allowed 18 home runs this season, ranking them 17th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 57 batters and struck out 163. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 3.70.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .222, good for 21st in the league. The Rays hold a .381 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 7.0 hits per game. Brandon Lowe is hitting .263 with an on-base percentage of .333. He has 15 hits this season in 57 at bats with 10 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .561 and an OPS+ of 150. Joey Wendle is hitting .289 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .357. He has totaled 11 hits and he has driven in 3 men in 38 at bats. His OPS+ is 142 while his slugging percentage is at .500. The Rays have 119 hits, including 34 doubles and 13 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 73 times so far this season and they have struck out 160 times as a unit. They have left 110 men on base and have a team OPS of .702. They score 4.29 runs per contest and have scored a total of 73 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Boston has a 6-10 overall mark this year. Thus far in his career, Godley has allowed 525 hits while he has accumulated 525 strikeouts in 547 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 284 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.365 and a FIP of 4.2. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.36 and he has faced 2,360 batters thus far in his career. Godley (37-31 career win-loss record) is the owner of a 4.67 earned run average while conceding 8.6 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.48 and they have given up 78 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the Red Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 83 batters and walked 37 opposing hitters. As a team, Boston allows 9.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.89. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 145 base knocks and 76 earned runs this season. They have given up 20 home runs this year, which ranks 9th in Major League Baseball. Boston as a staff has walked 68 hitters and struck out 133 batters. They give up a walk 4.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.52 while their FIP as a staff is 4.66.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 10th in the league. The Red Sox hold a .417 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Xander Bogaerts comes into this matchup batting .308 with an OBP of .400. He has 16 hits this year along with 10 RBI in 52 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .558 with an OPS+ of 162. Kevin Pillar is hitting .277 this season and he has an OBP of .292. He has collected 13 hits in 47 at bats while driving in 5 runs. He has an OPS+ of 95 and a slugging percentage of .426. The Red Sox as a unit have 132 base hits, including 29 doubles and 22 homers. Boston has walked 46 times this year and they have struck out on 145 occasions. They have had 104 men left on base and have an OPS of .725. They have scored 4.38 runs per game and totaled 70 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Red Sox MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Red Sox (+125)
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