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2021 MLB Handicapping
(63-40) Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays (60-42)
Date: Friday, July 30th, 2021
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
Projected Pitchers: Martin Perez (BOS) vs. TBA (TB)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Red Sox +130 Rays -167
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Red Sox +1.5, Rays -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8.5
The Red Sox will be in Florida to take on the Rays for game 1 Friday at 7:10 ET.
Martin Perez is going for the Red Sox and there has not been a starter named for the Rays yet.
These teams met back in June and the Rays won 2 out of 3 games.
Boston Red Sox
Along with the Giants, the Red Sox have been of the best stories in baseball. They continue to play good baseball and surprise people. Boston has won 5 of their last 7 games.
They are still 1st in the American League East with a record of 63-40. They lead the Rays by 2.5 games.
Boston split a double header on Wednesday against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. They lost the first game 4-1 and won the second game 4-1.
Garrett Richards got the start in game 1 and Tanner Houck pitched for them in game 2.
Martin Perez has been solid so far this year. He is 7-6 with a 4.18 ERA. His last start was against the Yankees on Sunday where he went 6 innings and allowed 3 earned runs. The Red Sox came back and won that game 5-4.
The starting pitching has been shaky at times, but it has held up for the most part. Their bullpen has been very strong. The team has an ERA of 4.04 which is 13th best in baseball.
The offense continues to be one of the best in baseball. They are scoring 5.04 runs per game which is 4th best in the game. Some key hitters in their lineup are Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez, and Rafael Devers. Alex Verdugo has also been hitting better as of late.
Boston has done a good job with hitting home runs. They have hit 132 home runs which is 8th best in baseball.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays have had a good season, but they have struggled a bit lately. They have lost their last 3 games.
They are still in 2nd place in the American League East with a record of 60-42.
Tampa lost to the Yankees 3-1 on Wednesday.
Michael Wacha went 5 innings and did not allow an earned run on Wednesday.
At this time, there has not been a starter named for the game on Friday. There is a chance that a opener could be used and it turns into a bullpen game.
Once again, Tampa is getting strong pitching. The team has an ERA of 3.60 which is good for 8th in MLB.
Despite not scoring a lot in their last few games, this offense has been a good one. They are scoring 4.88 runs per game which is 6th in the game. Some key hitters in their lineup are Austin Meadows, Randy Arozarena, and Yandy Diaz.
Tampa Bay has hit 126 home runs which is 14th best in baseball.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Red Sox are 13-3 in their last 16 Friday games.
- Red Sox are 7-2 in their last 9 games overall.
- Red Sox are 7-2 in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Red Sox are 29-11 in their last 40 vs. the American League East.
- Rays are 2-7 in their last 9 home games with the total set at 8.5.
- Rays are 3-9 in their last 12 Friday games.
Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction:
This is a series between the 2 best teams in the AL East. It definitely should be an entertaining one. I look for the Red Sox to keep playing good ball and take game 1.
Boston is the better team and they know how important these games are against the Rays. I look for them to have a strong game and increase their lead on Tampa Bay.
I look for Martin Perez to induce weak contact and for the Red Sox to hit around the Tampa pitching enough to get a win.
I will go with the Red Sox as +130 road dogs.
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