Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 23 (4/23): MLB

Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 23 (4/23): MLB

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Odds

Time 6:10 p.m. EST
Red Sox money line +100
Red Sox run line -1.5 (+180)
Rays money line -118
Rays run line +1.5 (-222)
Over / under 8

 

Key stats

  Boston Red Sox Tampa Bay Rays
Record 7-7 7-7
Road / home record 4-3 4-4
Last 10 record 6-4 4-6
Streak W1 L1
Over / under record 4-10 6-8
Runs / game 3.85 4.62
Runs allowed / game 4.08 4.23

Preview

The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays will play the 2nd game of series at the Tropicana Field on Saturday afternoon. The Red Sox won the first of the series 4-3.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox get to this game with a 7-7 record and are 4-3 on the road. The team is averaging 3.85 runs and allowing 4 runs per game. Alex Verdugo is leading the team with 3 home runs and 10 RBI while Xander Bogaerts is batting for .385 AVG.

Michael Wacha got the win in the first of the series. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and striking out 3 in 5 innings pitched.

Probable Pitcher: 

Garrett Whitlock (1-0, 0.93 ERA) will take the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Red Sox. Tanner Houck's decision not to vaccinate himself against COVID-19 has forced the Red Sox to shuffle their rotation around, as he'll be ineligible to cross the border into Canada when the team travels to Toronto next week. Whitlock will make a spot start as part of that shuffling. He has pitched in four games this season and has allowed one run in 9.2 innings.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays get here with a 7-7 record and are 4-4 at home. The team is averaging 4.62 runs while allowing 4.23 runs per game. Wander Franco leads the team, batting for a .393 avg Brandon Lowe has 8 RBI and 3 home runs.

Kluber (0-1) allowed four runs on 11 hits in five innings, taking the loss Friday against Boston. He walked a batter and struck out three.

Probable Pitcher:

J.P. Feyereisen (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rays in the 2nd game of the series. The Rays are set for a bullpen game Saturday, as Ryan Yarbrough (groin) will be on a rehab outing while Chris Mazza (back) landed on the injured list Friday. Feyereisen has served as an opener once before this season, and he worked two scoreless innings while striking out three. It's possible he covers multiple frames again Saturday, but he won't pitch deep into the matchup.

BETTING TRENDS

Boston are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against Tampa Bay.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games on the road.

Tampa Bay are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games.

Tampa Bay are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games at home.

Prediction

The Rays had the chance to leave the Red Sox in the field in the 9th innings with bases loaded and 1 out but couldn't do anything. The Red Sox are now 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Rays and Tampa have lost 4 of their last 5 games at home. The under is cashing big time for the Red Sox and this will be a bullpen game mostly so I'll go with the under.

PICK: Under 8  (-110)

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