Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 8/1/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Sunday, August 1, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+110) Tampa Bay (-135)
Shane McClanahan and the Tampa Bay Rays (62-42, 2nd in AL East) host the Boston Red Sox (63-42, 1st in AL East) at Tropicana Field on Sunday. The line on this game has the Red Sox coming in at +110 and the Rays are at -135. The over/under is set at 8.5. The men taking the mound will be Nick Pivetta and Shane McClanahan.
Boston is slugging .439 and have been rung up 909 times, while drawing a walk on 302 occasions. They have accounted for 491 RBI's and 909 base knocks on the season, and their average at the plate comes in at .257. The Red Sox have earned 224 doubles as a team and have smacked 132 baseballs out of the stadium. They have 523 runs and hold an OBP of .320. As a unit, the Boston Red Sox are recording 5.0 runs per outing, which has them sitting at 5th in the league.
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Red Sox pitchers have relinquished 110 long balls in addition to 470 total runs (16th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 358 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 3.93 as a team on the year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.71 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.38. The Red Sox have an earned run average of 4.16 so far this season (14th in MLB), and the staff has rung up 970 hitters.
The Red Sox have dispatched 346 relievers to the mound for the year. The relief pitchers have inherited 158 base runners this season and 30.4% of those runners ended up scoring. They have recorded 34 saves for the year and have not converted 15 out of their 49 chances to save the game. The Red Sox relief pitchers have a save percentage of 69.4% and has entered the game in 118 save situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 65 holds over the course of the season (4th in baseball). Red Sox relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 101 times as well as having 118 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Red Sox have turned 65.9% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 8,310 innings, which has them ranked 30th in professional baseball. The Boston Red Sox have earned a total of 2,770 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 954 assists and 69 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .982 which ranks 26th in professional baseball, and they have twisted 737 double plays.
Pivetta has taken the mound for 514 innings and has 554 strikeouts in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 5.22 (298 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.411. He has given up 524 base hits (9.2 hits per nine innings) and has 201 free passes. Pivetta (29-34 career mark) has earned a FIP of 4.54 and he has gone up against 2,231 opposing batters in the majors.
The Tampa Bay Rays have recorded a team on-base percentage of .316 and a team batting average of .233 so far this season. They have struck out on 1,042 occasions (1st in MLB) and have 823 base hits. Tampa Bay has accounted for 133 HRs on the season and 492 runs batted in. The Rays hold a team SLG% of .406 and they score 4.99 runs per outing (4th in baseball). They have 180 two-baggers, while taking a walk 390 times as well as racking up 519 runs.
The Rays are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.141 and have a FIP of 3.66 as a unit so far this season. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 3.46 (985 strikeouts vs 285 free passes). They are sitting at 11th in baseball as a staff in total hits conceded with 784. They have given up 114 homers and they relinquish 3.96 runs per 9 innings (4th in the league). The Tampa Bay pitching staff have given up 412 runs on the campaign while holding an ERA of 3.52 (366 earned runs conceded).
Tampa Bay has had relief pitchers enter the contest in 40 save chances and they have earned 27 saves. They are ranked 6th in the league with a save rate of 67.5%, and they have sent 334 bullpen pitchers onto the field so far this season. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 127 times in high leverage situations and on 88 occasions with runners on. Tampa Bay relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 31.1% out of 106 inherited base runners. With 100 save situations, the Rays have 58 holds in addition to 13 blown saves.
In 8,433 innings on the diamond, the Rays have a defensive efficiency of 70.7% (6th in baseball). The Tampa Bay Rays have turned 87 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .986 (6th in the majors). The Rays have recorded 895 assists, 53 errors and have a total of 2,811 putouts on the campaign.
So far in his pro baseball career, McClanahan has surrendered 68 hits and he has 84 punch outs in 71 innings pitched. He has allowed a total of 31 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.310 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.5. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.36 and he has gone up against 301 opposing hitters during his MLB career. McClanahan (4-4 win-loss record in his career) holds a 3.93 earned run average while giving up 8.6 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-135)
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