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Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Prediction 5-21-24 Picks

Boston Red Sox (24-24) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (25-24)
May 21, 2024 6:50 pm EDT
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -130 / Boston Red Sox +120; Over/Under: +8
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The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays meet Tuesday in MLB action from Tropicana Field. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Boston Red Sox will be starting Cooper Criswell here and Criswell is 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. This will be Criswell’s second career start against the Rays. Zack Littell will start for the Rays here and is 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. This will be Littell’s second career start against Boston.

Boston Red Sox Recap

The Boston Red Sox will try to build up some momentum after opening the series with a 5-0 win over the Rays on Monday. The win was a nice start to the series after back-to-back series losses to the Cardinals and Rays in the last week.

Red Sox Inconsistent At The Dish Despite Win

Jarren Duran leads the Red Sox with 53 hits along with 10 stolen bases, 13 doubles, 8 triples and 49 strikeouts and also has 19 RBIs so far this season. Tyler O’Neill has a team-high 11 home runs and Triston Casas has 6 homers with 10 RBIs as well while Wilyer Abreu has 12 doubles. Ceddanne Rafaela also has a team-leading 25 RBIs while Rafael Devers has 40 hits with 10 doubles, 10 home runs, 23 RBIs and a .284 batting average this season.

Why the Boston Red Sox will win

  • The Rays have lost each of their last five games as favorites against American League opponents following a loss.
  • The underdogs have won five of the Rays’ last six games.
  • The road team has covered the run line in each of the last seven games between the Red Sox and Rays.
  • The Rays have failed to cover the run line in each of their last seven games as favorites against American League opponents following a loss.
  • The Rays have trailed after 5 innings in seven of their last nine games as favorites against American League opponents.

Tampa Bay Rays Recap

The Tampa Bay Rays will try to bounce back after their loss to the Red Sox, putting their series win streak in jeopardy after series wins over the Blue Jays and Red Sox over the last week.

Rays Looking For Bounce Back After Being Shut Out

Isaac Paredes leads the Rays across the board with 50 hits, 9 home runs, 26 RBIs and a .303 batting average as well as a .391 OBP. Yandy Diaz has 50 hits with a team-high 9 doubles while Jose Caballero has a team-high 17 stolen bases. Randy Arozarena has 8 home runs, 18 RBIs along with a team-high 59 strikeouts and 7 stolen bases.

Why the Tampa Bay Rays will win

  • The Red Sox have lost each of their last nine Tuesday games against teams that held a winning record.
  • The Rays have won eight of their last nine night games against AL East opponents following a home loss.
  • The Red Sox have failed to cover the run line in each of their last 13 Tuesday games against American League opponents.
  • The Rays have covered the run line in eight of their last nine night games against AL East opponents following a home loss.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Prediction

I’m on the Rays here. I just can’t trust the Red Sox yet. I know the Rays looked flat in Monday’s opener, but all in all I feel they’re the better team over the last few weeks and the Red Sox keep getting timely pitching and hitting at the right time. At a certain point, I think that luck runs out. Littell’s provided quality innings for the Rays this season, and I think that he can help Tampa Bay get some revenge on Tuesday. Give me Tampa Bay.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Tampa Bay -130

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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