Red Sox vs. Rays MLB Prediction
AL East rivals the Red Sox and Rays will open a pivotal series in Tampa on Friday night when Martin Perez opposes Josh Fleming at 7:10 p.m. ET. Will tonight’s game turn into a high-scoring affair or has the total been set too high at 9 runs?
917 Boston Red Sox (+125) at 918 Tampa Bay Rays (-135); o/u 9
7:10 p.m. ET, Friday, July 30, 2021
Tropicana Field, Tampa, FL
Boston Red Sox DFS Notes
Red Sox acquired OF Kyle Schwarber from the Nationals in exchanged for RHP Aldo Ramirez. The move was first reported by Robert Murray of FanSided. Schwarber is currently on the injured list with a hamstring injury, and isn't expected to be back for a few weeks. When healthy, he's been among the best power hitters in baseball with 25 homers in 72 games and a .910 OPS. Once healthy, the former Cub slugger should hit either at the top or in the middle of the Boston lineup.
Tampa Bay Rays DFS Notes
Austin Meadows went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI as the Rays crushed the Yankees 14-0 on Thursday. Obviously, Meadows wasn't hitting third today. His incredible struggles in that spot continued last night, when he went 0-for-4 to drop him to .093 with no homers and six RBI in 29 games there this year. He hit cleanup today and has a .312 average, 11 homers and 40 RBI in 33 games in that spot. He's also hit .293 with eight homers and 21 RBI in 20 games while batting second.
Red Sox vs. Rays MLB Betting Prediction
The over is 19-5-2 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams and is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Tampa. That said, the under is 7-3 in the Rays’ last 10 home games, is 8-3 in their last 11 divisional games and is 6-2 in their last eight games when they’re listed as a home favorite. On the other side, the under is 7-1 in the Red Sox’ last eight games overall, is 4-1-1 in their last six games coming off a loss and is 5-2-2 in their last nine road games.
MLB BETTING PREDICTION: RED SOX/RAYS UNDER 9