Red Sox vs. Rays Prediction
The Tampa Bay Rays have won their last two games and remain in a dead heat for the second AL Wild Card spot. Can Tampa Bay keep it rolling today as favorites at home against the Boston Red Sox?
969 Boston Red Sox at 970 Tampa Bay Rays
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Tropicana Field at 6:10PM ET
TV: Fox Sports Sun
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Rays are a -188 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Red Sox are a +178 underdog, while the total is set at 8.5 runs. As of Saturday afternoon, 67 percent of public bets are being placed on host Tampa Bay. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Red Sox fall in 11 innings
Boston was officially eliminated from playoff contention Friday night with a 5-4 loss at Tampa Bay in 11 innings. The Red Sox were led offensively by Mitch Moreland as he finished 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs. Gorkys Hernandez was 1-for-3 off the bench with a triple and a run scored. Brock Holt went 1-for-4 with a double and a run. Trevor Kelley took the loss as he gave up one earned run on one hit with no strikeouts and two walks over two-thirds of an inning. Travis Lakins will be the opener today for Boston as he enters with an 0-1 record, 4.58 ERA and 1.47 WHIP plus 15 strikeouts over 19 2/3 innings.
Adames drives in winning run
Willy Adames drove in Johnny Davis with the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning Friday night to send Tampa Bay to a 5-4 win over Boston. Adames ended the game 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Ji-Man Choi went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Travis d'Arnaud was 1-for-5 with a run scored. Diego Castillo notched the win in relief as he gave up one hit with two strikeouts and one walk over one scoreless frame. Tyler Glasnow gets the start tonight for the Rays as he comes in with a 6-1 record, 2.03 ERA and 0.94 WHIP plus 65 strikeouts across 53 1/3 innings pitched.
MLB Betting Trends
The Red Sox are 11-5 in their last 16 road games. Boston is 1-6 in its last seven games versus the AL East.
The Rays are 6-1 in their last seven Saturday games. Tampa Bay is 13-3 in its last 16 home games.
With the Red Sox being officially eliminated last night, I suppose that gives them even less incentive here even though it was basically a formality. The duo of Lakins and Brian Johnson on the mound doesn't really do it for me. I'd rather trust Glasnow on a slightly extended pitch count (maybe between 60-70 pitches) and the Rays bullpen behind him. Go with the hosts here.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: TAMPA BAY RAYS -188