Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, 3/26/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022
Location: JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, FL
JetBlue Park at Fenway South is the venue where Michael Wacha and the Boston Red Sox (92-70 last season, 2nd in AL East) will take on the Tampa Bay Rays (100-62 last year, 1st in AL East) on Saturday.
As a unit, the Tampa Bay Rays earned 5.3 runs per game, which had them sitting at 2nd in MLB. They notched a total of 857 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .321. The Rays hit 288 two-baggers as a unit and knocked 222 balls out of the stadium. They accrued 810 RBI's and 1,335 hits for the prior year, and their team batting average finished at .242. Tampa Bay had a slugging percentage of .428 and struck out 1,542 times, while being walked on 585 occasions.
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The Rays had a team ERA of 3.67 during the previous year (4th in the league), and the staff struck out 1,478 batters. They accumulated a K/BB ratio of 3.39 and the pitching staff had a team WHIP of 1.17. Rays pitchers yielded 184 home runs in addition to 651 runs in total (5th in baseball). Their pitching staff walked 436 players from the other team and their FIP came in at 3.79 as a team over the course of last year.
The Rays relievers had a save percentage of 65.6% and entered the game in 159 save situations. The bullpen inherited 166 runners for the previous season with 27.7% of them ended up crossing the plate. Rays pitchers went to the mound with players on base 126 times as well as having 180 outings in high leverage situations. The Rays had dispatched 531 relief pitchers to the hill last season. The bullpen racked up 91 holds for the prior year (9th in the league). They had 42 saves last season and missed out on 22 of their 64 save chances.
The Rays transformed 1 of baseballs in play into outs out of 7th innings on the diamond, which had them sitting at in pro baseball 1310100.0%. The Tampa Bay Rays had a tally of 4,367 putouts in the prior season, in addition to 1,358 assists and 80 errors. Their fielding percentage was at .986 which was 9th in baseball, and they twisted 130 double plays.
Kluber (103-61 career mark) has earned a FIP of 3.04 and he has faced 5,742 batters during his time in the majors. He has conceded 1,239 hits (7.8 hits per nine innings) and has 326 walks. His earned run average is 3.19 (505 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.100. Kluber has taken the hill for 1,422 innings and has totaled 1,544 strikeouts in his MLB career.
The Red Sox had a slugging percentage of .449 and they were scoring 5.12 runs per outing (4th in baseball). They notched 330 doubles, while walking 512 times and notching 829 runs. Boston accumulated 219 home runs over the course of last season in addition to 783 runs batted in. They were rung up on 1,386 instances (20th in baseball) and recorded 1,434 base hits. The Boston Red Sox earned a team OBP of .328 in addition to a batting average of .261 for the prior year.
The Red Sox had a team WHIP of 1.378 and were the owners of a FIP of 3.95 as a team for the prior year. They finished at 28th in the league as a staff in total hits surrendered with 1,409. The Boston pitching staff given up 749 runs for the prior year while having an ERA of 4.26 (671 earned runs conceded). They had a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.80 (1,527 strikeouts vs 546 walks). They gave up 176 home runs and they allowed 4.75 runs per 9 innings (18th in baseball).
Boston called on relievers to take the mound in 76 save opportunities and they earned 49 saves. They were ranked 9th in baseball with a save percentage of 64.5%, and they sent 563 relievers onto the field last season. Their relief pitchers took the field 198 times in high leverage situations and on 177 occasions with runners on. Boston relief pitchers had an inherited score percentage of 30.7% out of 277 inherited base runners. Ending the season with 176 save situations, the Red Sox recorded 95 holds and 27 blown saves.
In their 12,771 innings played, the Red Sox accumulated a defensive efficiency of 65.9% (30th in pro baseball). The Boston Red Sox twisted 143 double plays and had a fielding rate of .981 (29th in the majors). The Red Sox had 1,421 assists, 108 errors and are sitting with 4,257 putouts for the previous season.
In his career, Wacha has conceded 1,027 hits while he has accumulated 917 K's in 1,026 innings. He has conceded a total of 472 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.331 and a FIP of 4.1. His K/BB ratio is 2.71 and he has gone up against 4,377 hitters so far in his career. Wacha (63-48 career mark) has earned a 4.14 ERA while surrendering 9.0 hits per nine innings.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Tampa Bay
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