Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Picks & Betting Tips – Rays Tipped To Win Opener

  • Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays tips for Thursday
  • First pitch is slated for 20:07 ET at Tropicana Field
  • Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (13-8, 4.74 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) gets the ball for Boston
  • Left-hander Shane McClanahan (10-6, 3.43 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) will toe the rubber for Tampa
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    Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Picks & Betting Tips
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Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Picks & Betting Tips

Boston advanced to the ALDS with a (6-2) victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday while Tampa Bay has not played since Sunday.

Boston (92-70, 1-0 playoffs) scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, on a Xander Bogaerts home run and Nathan Eovaldi outdueled Gerrit Cole in the Red Sox 6-2 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday in the AL wild card game. 

The Red Sox are 6-5 in their last 11 games, 43-38 on the road, and 35-31 vs. LHPs.

Rodriguez, who threw a perfect inning out of the bullpen in the Sox’s 7-5 victory over Washington on Sunday, has allowed six runs in his last four starts. The 28-year-old is 2-1 with a 3.96 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over the last six appearances. He is 1-1 in 4 games against the Rays, allowing 13 runs and 23 hits over 21.0 innings while recording 24 strikeouts and 3 walks. 

Tampa Bay (100-62) set a franchise record for wins and won the AL East for the second straight season. The Rays are in the playoffs for the third straight season overall.

The Rays are 7-3 over the last 10 games, 52-29 at home, and 38-27 vs. LHPs.

McClanahan has allowed three runs over his last four starts. The 25-year-old rookie is 1-2 in five starts with a 2.74 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and .253 OBA since Sept. 1. He is 1-0 in three starts against Boston, allowing five runs and 15 hits over 16 innings of work while recording 18 strikeouts and 5 walks.

Head To Head

Tampa Bay and Boston have split their last six games in the series (last meeting over Sept. 6-8).

The Rays, who have won 7 of 10 against the Red Sox at Tropicana Field,  and won the season- series 11-8. The Rays outscored the Sox 106-104 in the series.

The Red Sox averaged 5.4 runs while compiling a .767 OPS against the Rays this year.

The Rays averaged 5.5 runs while compiling a .754 OPS against the Red Sox this year.

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Boston hit two home runs and out-hit New York 7-6 while also drawing seven walks in their 6-2 wild card victory over the Yankees.

The Red Sox have won four straight and five of six overall. They are 18-11 since Sept. 1 outscoring their opponents 160-111.

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Tampa Bay lost to New York 1-0 on Sunday, snapping a two-game winning streak. 

The Rays have won four of six and went 16-14 over their last 30 games. Tampa has outscored its opponents 147-112 during this stretch. 

The Rays’ offense has produced 4.9 runs over the last 30-games and with a slash line of .257/.330/.457.

Tampa Bay’s pitching staff has posted a 3.64 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and .228 OBA since Sept. 1.


This should be an entertaining series. Tampa Bay dominated Boston, who may be without JD Martinez again. At Tropicana Field. The Rays have had one of the best bullpens, and they are well rested, in baseball and Tampa has been swinging the bats well recently. Additionally, McClanahan has been better on the hill than Rodriguez all season.

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