The Tampa Bay Rays took a tough loss on the Fourth of July to the rival Boston Red Sox. There were no fireworks to be had by the Rays, who were held scoreless by the Red Sox pitching staff in the series opener.
Trevor Story stayed hot for the Red Sox, belting his 13th home run to put the Red Sox ahead for good in the fourth inning of the 4-0 in. This series could really put some separation between the two teams or draw things even closer in the American League East.
Rays Stay Within Striking Distance
Even with a loss on Monday to the Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays still find themselves within good striking distance of the Red Sox. With two consecutive wins to round out this series, the Rays could actually flip themselves into second place in the AL East and find themselves back in a wild card spot. They are two games behind second-place Boston in the division.
Pitching has been the mainstay of the Rays’ winning ways, but the offense really has to get going. It seems as though the Rays are lacking the same type of offensive firepower that they have harnessed the last couple years for deep playoff runs.
The Tampa Bay Rays will send Jeffrey Springs to the mound on Tuesday night. The lefty has worked his way from being a bullpen arm of one to two innings and has stretched himself nicely into a starter who has really shown his ability to go deeper into games.
Sporting a 2.25 ERA, he will need to be on top of his game to keep the Red Sox down enough for his offense to help him out.
Red Sox Need These Wins
The Boston Red Sox have worked themselves from an awful start to the season to find themselves sitting nicely in second place in the AL East.
If their pitching and hitting can keep performing well, as they have been doing, the Red Sox are primed for success. Their relief corps really shined on Monday on an unintended bullpen game, but they stepped up nonetheless.
The offense has been hitting when the moment really calls for it. Story stepped up and blasted a solo home run in the fourth inning. That would end up being all the Red Sox would need.
The red-hot Nick Pivetta will take his turn on the mound with his 3.23 ERA. He is sporting an 8-5 record but has been super hot over the last month while the Red Sox made their way out of the cellar in the AL East.
Rays vs Red Sox Head-to-Head
This is only the second series of the 2022 season between these two teams. The four games played have been split 2-2.
Monday’s 4-0 game marked the biggest margin of victory this season.
Rays vs Red Sox Game Information
- Game: Rays (43-37) vs Red Sox (45-35)
- Location: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
- Day/Time: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Rays vs Red Sox Live Stream: MLB.tv
Rays vs Red Sox Betting Lines
|Tampa Bay Rays
J. Springs -L
|+1½ -175||+111||9½ -105o||4½ -110o / 4½ -120u|
|Boston Red Sox
N. Pivetta -R
|-1½ +155||-121||9½ -115u||4½ -125o / 4½ -105u|
Rays vs Red Sox Prediction
The sportsbooks have this as a close matchup between the two teams. The Red Sox have the edge with -121 odds on the moneyline.
The MLB lines offer +155 odds for the Red Sox to cover the runline, which they have done exceptionally well this season. This seems to offer the best odds and the biggest chance of winning money on the game.
When you bet online, take the Red Sox to cover the runline at +155.
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