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Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays 8/1/21 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Odds & Info

Game Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox
Date & Time Sunday August 1, 2021, 7:08 PM (EDT)
Location
Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, FL
Latest odds
TB -125 ; O/U 9
TV Channel
ESPN

The Boston Red Sox conclude a three-game series on the road Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Boston is 63-42 following a 7-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday in the opening game of the series. Boston has lost two straight and three of the last four. The Red Sox lead atop the American League East has been whittled down to just a half-game over second place Tampa Bay.

Xander Bogaerts is batting.308 to lead Boston and the shortstop has team highs in hits with 111 and on-base percentage at .370. Third baseman Rafael Devers is the leader in home runs with 27 and RBIs with 82. Boston has hit 132 home runs in 105 games. On Sunday, Boston will send Nick Pivetta the mound. The right-hander is 8-4 with an ERA of 4.51, 120 Ks and 48 BBs.

Tampa Bay improved to 62-42 with its victory on Friday over the Red Sox. Mike Zunino, Randy Arozarena and Yandy Diaz each homered for Tampa Bay in the victory. Tampa Bay has won two straight and seven of the last 10 to move to within a half-game of the first-place Red Sox. Tampa Bay is seven games ahead of the third-place New York Yankees.

Yandy Diaz is batting .260 to lead Tampa Bay and the first baseman has a team-high .373 on-base percentage. Second baseman Brandon Lowe is the leader in home runs with 22, while designated hitter Austin Meadows is the leader in RBIs with 76. On Sunday, Tampa Bay will send Shane McClanahan to the mound. The left-hander is 4-4 with an ERA of 3.93, 84 Ks and 25 BBs.

Recent Betting Trends

  • Boston is 7-3 in its last 10
  • The OVER has cashed in 3 of the Red Sox last 4 on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 15-6 in it last 21
  • The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the Rays last 5

Free MLB Pick:

Tampa Bay Rays -125

Boston has struggled when playing against Tampa Bay as the Red Sox have lost five of the last seven on the road against the Rays and 17 of the last 25 overall against Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay has the fourth-best team ERA in baseball at 3.52 and has held each of their last five opponents to an average of 2.60 runs per game. The Red Sox have struggled on the mound of late as their team ERA has increased to 4.16 which is now 14th in baseball. Final Score Prediction, Tampa Bay Rays win 5-3.

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