Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 8/30/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Monday, August 30, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+105) Tampa Bay (-132)
Nick Pivetta and the Boston Red Sox (75-56, 3rd in AL East) travel to Tropicana Field on Monday where they'll meet the Tampa Bay Rays (81-48, 1st in AL East). The Red Sox open this matchup at +105 while the Rays are priced at -132. The over/under opens at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Nick Pivetta and Drew Rasmussen.
The Red Sox have hit 270 doubles as a team and have smacked 172 balls out of the stadium. Boston has a slugging % of .445 and have struck out 1,104 times, while drawing a walk on 401 occasions. As a squad, the Boston Red Sox are earning 5.1 runs per game, which has them sitting at 4th in baseball. They have amassed 625 runs batted in in addition to 1,145 hits for the season, while their average at the plate is at .259. They have earned a total of 664 runs while holding a team OBP of .326.
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The Red Sox are sitting with a team ERA of 4.26 this year (15th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 1,228 hitters. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.78 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.39. Red Sox pitchers have surrendered 141 home runs and also 599 runs in total (16th in the league). They have walked 442 players from the other team and their FIP is 3.95 as a unit on the season.
Red Sox bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with opponents on base 136 times and also have had 148 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have tallied 77 holds over the course of the season (5th in the league). The Red Sox relief pitchers have a save percentage of 67.8% and has come into the game in 141 save situations. They have recorded 40 saves on the campaign and have blown 19 out of their 59 save opportunities. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 211 runners this year and 29.9% of them ended up crossing the plate. The Red Sox have dispatched 442 relief pitchers to the mound so far this season.
The Red Sox have converted 65.7% of balls in play into outs out of 10,299 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 30th in professional baseball. The Boston Red Sox have notched a total of 3,433 putouts this year, as well as 1,151 assists and 88 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .981 which has them ranked 28th in baseball, and they have turned 910 double plays.
Pivetta (30-36 career win-loss mark) has earned a FIP of 4.55 while facing 2,325 opposing hitters in the major leagues. He has allowed 541 hits (9.1 hits per nine innings) and has 210 walks. His ERA is 5.20 (310 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.400. Pivetta has taken the hill for 536 innings and has racked up 579 K's in his career.
The Rays hold a slugging % of .420 and they are recording 5.30 runs per contest (2nd in MLB). They have recorded 232 two-baggers, while taking a walk 470 times as well as scoring 684 runs. Tampa Bay has knocked in 173 home runs over the course of the season as well as 647 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 1,270 instances (2nd in baseball) and have accounted for 1,048 hits. The Tampa Bay Rays have an on-base percentage of .318 as well as a batting average of .239 so far this season.
The Rays are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.170 with a FIP of 3.73 as a team over the course of the season. They are currently ranked 11th in MLB as a staff in total hits relinquished with 1,006. The Tampa Bay pitching staff have surrendered 525 runs this year while having a team ERA of 3.66 (472 earned runs allowed). Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 3.40 (1,201 strikeouts vs 353 bases on balls). They have given up 143 long balls and they surrender 4.07 runs per 9 innings (7th in MLB).
Tampa Bay relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 31.2% out of their 125 inherited runners. Their relievers have taken the field 146 times in high leverage situations and on 101 occasions with base runners. Sitting with 121 save situations, the Rays have earned 69 holds and 15 blown saves. They are currently ranked 2nd in the league with a save percentage of 70.0%, and they have sent 408 relievers to the hill for the year. Tampa Bay has called on relief pitchers to step onto the hill in 50 save chances and they have converted 35 saves.
The Tampa Bay Rays have turned 108 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .986 (10th in the majors). The Rays have 1,106 assists, 66 errors and have accumulated 3,484 putouts this year. Out of their 10,452 innings played, the Rays have a defensive efficiency of 70.2% (8th in pro baseball).
In his career, Rasmussen has conceded 58 hits while earning 79 strikeouts in 67 frames. Rasmussen (2-1 mark in his career) has earned a 4.01 ERA and has allowed 7.8 hits per nine innings. He has allowed 30 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.337 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.6. His K/BB ratio is 2.47 and he has faced 290 opposing hitters thus far in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-132)
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