Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, 9/8/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox
Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Location: Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay (-132) Boston (+105)
Fenway Park is the site where Nathan Eovaldi and the Boston Red Sox (79-61, 3rd in AL East) will play the Tampa Bay Rays (87-51, 1st in AL East) on Wednesday. The moneyline on this game has the Rays priced at -132 and the Red Sox are at +105. The total has been set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Shane McClanahan and Nathan Eovaldi.
As a team, the Tampa Bay Rays are compiling 5.4 runs per game, which has them at 1st in baseball. They have racked up 744 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .320. The Rays have hit 244 two-baggers as a unit and have knocked 190 balls out of the park. They have accrued 699 RBI's in addition to 1,136 hits for the season, and their batting average comes in at .241. Tampa Bay has a slugging percentage of .425 and have struck out 1,333 times, while being walked on 500 occasions.
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The Rays have an earned run average of 3.72 so far this season (6th in MLB), and the staff has rung up 1,290 hitters. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 3.35 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.19. Rays pitchers have conceded 154 home runs in addition to 569 runs in total (12th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 385 opposing hitters and their FIP is 3.75 as a squad for the season.
Rays pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 108 times as well as having 156 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have accumulated 76 holds on the season (8th in the league). The Rays relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 69.1% and has entered the game in 133 save situations. They have earned 38 saves this year and have blown 17 of their 55 save opportunities. The relievers have inherited 137 runners on the season and 28.5% of those runners ended up scoring. The Rays have sent 443 relief pitchers to the hill for the year.
The Tampa Bay Rays have a tally of 3,730 putouts this year, in addition to 1,166 assists and 70 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .986 which puts them in 8th in pro baseball, and they have turned 890 double plays. The Rays have converted 69.8% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 11,190 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 13th in the majors.
McClanahan has taken the hill for 105 innings and has earned 125 strikeouts so far in his career. McClanahan (9-5 record in his career) holds a FIP of 3.27 while he has faced 446 opposing hitters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 3.76 (44 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.320. He has conceded 106 hits (9.1 hits per 9 innings) and has 33 free passes.
The Boston Red Sox have recorded an OBP of .328 and a batting average of .260 for the season. They have been called out on strikes on 1,191 occasions (16th in the league) and have 1,232 base hits. Boston has hit 185 long balls so far this year as well as 670 runs batted in. The Red Sox have a slugging percentage of .447 and they score 5.06 runs per contest (4th in baseball). They have put up 290 two-baggers, while taking a walk 439 times and notching 709 runs.
The Boston pitching staff have given up 652 runs this year while holding an ERA of 4.33 (588 earned runs relinquished). They have surrendered 152 homers and they give up 4.80 runs per 9 innings (19th in MLB). The Red Sox are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.391 in addition to having a FIP of 3.98 as a pitching staff so far this year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.77 (1,307 strikeouts against 472 walks). They come in at 28th in MLB as a staff in total hits conceded with 1,229.
Boston relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 30.6% out of 232 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 161 times in high leverage situations and also on 149 occasions with runners on base. With 152 save situations, the Red Sox have compiled 82 holds and 22 blown saves. They rank 6th in the league with a save percentage of 66.2%, and they have sent 471 relievers to the mound on the season. Boston has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 65 save chances and they have earned 43 saves.
In their 11,010 innings played, the Red Sox hold a defensive efficiency of 65.6% (30th in MLB). The Boston Red Sox have twisted 124 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .981 (28th in professional baseball). The Red Sox have accrued 1,227 assists, 97 errors and have a tally of 3,670 putouts this year.
Eovaldi (60-64 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 4.19 earned run average and has surrendered 9.3 hits per nine innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.81 and he has gone up against 4,785 opposing hitters thus far in his career. He has allowed a total of 523 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.332 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.8. In his MLB career, Eovaldi has surrendered 1,166 base hits and he has 925 K's in 1,122 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-132)
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