Red Sox vs. Rays MLB Prediction

Red Sox vs. Rays, 8/1/21 MLB Predictions & Betting Odds

The ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Game this week features American League East rivals the Red Sox and Rays at 7:08 p.m. ET. With Tampa Bay taking the first two games of the three-game series, will Boston salvage at least one win in the series tonight?

Game Snapshot

923 Boston Red Sox (+125) at 924 Tampa Bay Rays (-145); o/u 8.5

7:08 p.m. ET, Sunday, August 1, 2021

Tropicana Field, Tampa, FL

Boston Red Sox DFS Notes

Xander Bogaerts lifted his 16th home run of the season on Saturday as the Red Sox fell to the Rays. The 28-year-old went 1-for-2 with two walks during the contest and is now batting .309/.374/.522 over 362 at-bats with 55 RBI, 62 runs scored, and five stolen bases. Bogaerts was recently out with a minor wrist injury, but certainly looks fine now.

Tampa Bay Rays DFS Notes

Francisco Mejia went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI during the Rays victory over the Red Sox. The 25-year-old has performed well this year as the backup to all-star Mike Zunino and is now batting .333 with a .667 slugging percentage over his last 15 contests. Mejia is certainly talented enough to start, but until he does he will not carry much fantasy value.

Red Sox vs. Rays MLB Betting Prediction

The Red Sox are now 0-4 in their last four games versus the Rays, all of which came at Tropicana Field. They’re also 1-4 in their last five games versus a team with a winning record, are 1-4 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter and 1-4 in their last five divisional games as well. On the other side, the Rays are 12-3 in their last 15 games versus a team with a winning record, are 38-13 in their last 51 games coming off a win and are 64-23 in their last 87 games as a home favorite.

MLB BETTING PREDICTION: TAMPA BAY RAYS -140

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