Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 10/3/22 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 10/02/2022 at 11:04 PM ET

The Tampa Bay Rays open the final three-game series of the season on the road Monday against the Boston Red Sox. Tampa Bay is 86-72 following its 2-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday. Tampa Bay has lost three of the last four, but the Rays have clinched one of the three American League wildcard spots and are currently third in that race.

Third baseman Yandy Diaz is batting .297 to lead Tampa Bay and has a team-high .403 on-base percentage. Left fielder Randy Arozarena has 20 home runs, 89 RBIs and 153 hits to lead Tampa Bay in each category. On Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays will send Tyler Glasnow to the mound. The right-hander is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA, 3 Ks and 1 BBs.

Boston dropped to 75-83 following its 10-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. Boston has been outscored by Toronto in the first two games of its three-game series 19-0. The Red Sox have lost 8 of the last 11 and regardless of how they complete the remaining four games of the regular season, will finish last in the American League East.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts batting .305 to lead Boston and has team highs in hits with 168 and on-base percentage at .376. Third baseman Rafael Devers has 27 home runs and 87 RBIs to lead Boston in both categories. On Monday, the Boston Red Sox will send Rich Hill to the mound. The left-hander is 8-7 with a 4.41 ERA, 103 Ks and 36 BBs.

Tampa Bay will reach the postseason, while Boston will not, but Tampa Bay has struggled of late losing five of the last seven overall.  Tampa Bay starter Tyler Glasnow pitched just three innings in his season debut but gave up a home run and will be up against a strong Boston lineup on Monday. Boston starting pitcher Rich Hill is coming off a strong outing in which the left hander allowed no runs on five hits across six innings with nine strikeouts and one walk, resulting in a 3-1 victory over Baltimore last Wednesday. Final Score Prediction, Boston Red Sox win 5-2.

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