The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox have an intense 20-year divisional rivalry that spans from 2008 to the present. They will meet again on Friday for the first game of their series in the American League East.
The Red Sox have had a challenging beginning to the campaign and are hoping to move up in the division standings in the following month. Boston lost its 3rd consecutive match and 7 of its previous 9 games. With a record of 28–27 and a May record of 13–13, they have slipped into last position in the American League East Division.
In this game for the Red Sox, Garrett Whitlock is anticipated to take the mound and make his 5th start of this year. He enters the game with a record of 2-2, an ERA of 5.14, a WHIP of 1.19, 3 walks, and 15 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched so far this year. Whitlock has had trouble, but so far this season the team has improved, averaging 5.18 runs per game. Masataka Yoshida has 7 home runs and 93 total bases this season. However the remainder of the order of bats has also improved.
Although they lost their last series against the Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays have been one of baseball’s premier teams this year. They currently lead the American League East division four games ahead of Baltimore; scoring 340 runs against 211 given up. After beginning this season on the injury list, Tyler Glasnow will be starting this game for the Rays as this will be his 2nd start of the year. He has a record of 0-0, a season ERA of 6.23, a WHIP of 1.385, 1 walk, and 8 strikeouts.
Both teams boast strong lineups, so this game should produce high scores. Boston has relied heavily on Masataka Yoshida and Rafael Devers to generate runs; however, Alex Verdugo, Justin Turner and Enrique Hernandez can provide plenty of power threat as well.
Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Game Information
- Date: 06/02/2023
- Time: 07:10 PM ET
- Location: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts.
- How to Watch: Rays vs Red Sox MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV
Rays vs Red Sox Betting Lines
Rays are -140 according to our Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $71. On the other side, Red Sox are +125 according to the Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $125.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Rays at a 58.33% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Red Sox have 44.44% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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