Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/13/2020
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Location: Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Rays (-160) Red Sox (+148)
Xander Bogaerts and the Boston Red Sox (6-11, 5th in AL East) play the Tampa Bay Rays (10-8, 2nd in AL East) at Fenway Park on Thursday. The Red Sox open this matchup at +148 while the Rays are coming in at -160. The O/U is set at 9.5. The starting pitchers will be Tyler Glasnow and Kyle Hart.
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
8/11/2020 Andrew Kittredge RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
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
7/21/2020 Colin Poche RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
8/11/2020 Darwinzon Hernandez RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/11/2020 Rafael Devers 3B Ankle Probable for Aug 12
8/11/2020 Josh Taylor RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
8/1/2020 Eduardo Rodriguez SP Illness Out for the season
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 10-8 overall record this season. Glasnow (10-18 win-loss mark in his career) has a FIP of 4.25 while he has gone up against 1,159 batters during his time in the majors. His ERA is 4.56 (136 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.390. He has conceded 241 hits (8.1 hits per 9 innings) and has 132 free passes. Glasnow has taken the ball for 268 innings and has 311 K's during his pro baseball career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.25 and they have given up 87 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the bullpen and they've struck out 101 hitters and walked 31 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.68. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 154 base hits and 64 earned runs. They have allowed 18 home runs this season, ranking them 21st in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 58 batters and struck out 172. They have walked 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 3.61.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .224, good for 21st in the league. The Rays hold a .385 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 7.1 hits per game. Brandon Lowe is hitting .276 with an on-base percentage of .354. He has 16 hits this season in 58 at bats with 11 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .586 and an OPS+ of 162. 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 128 hits, including 38 doubles and 14 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 79 times so far this season and they have struck out 169 times as a unit. They have left 117 men on base and have a team OPS of .708. They score 4.5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 81 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Boston has a 6-11 overall mark this year. Kyle Hart is expected to make his major league debut for Boston. Look for the bullpen to be used quite a bit in this one. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.85 and they have given up 84 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the Red Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 87 batters and walked 41 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 5.01. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 154 base knocks and 83 earned runs this season. They have given up 21 home runs this year, which ranks 9th in Major League Baseball. Boston as a staff has walked 74 hitters and struck out 142 batters. They give up a walk 4.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.53 while their FIP as a staff is 4.65.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 11th in the league. The Red Sox hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .310, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Xander Bogaerts comes into this matchup batting .286 with an OBP of .375. He has 16 hits this year along with 10 RBI in 56 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .518 with an OPS+ of 144. 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 141 base hits, including 30 doubles and 22 homers. Boston has walked 47 times this year and they have struck out on 154 occasions. They have had 110 men left on base and have an OPS of .724. They have scored 4.24 runs per game and totaled 72 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Red Sox MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Red Sox (+148)
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