Can the Boston Red Sox Finally End Tampa Bay’s Winning Streak? No one has been able to early this season, as the Rays have started off the 2023 season with an 11-0 mark. They will be looking to win their 12th straight game on Wednesday, as they take on the Boston Red Sox in the third game of a four-game series.
Tampa Bay beat the Red Sox on Tuesday night by a score of 7-2. The Rays clubbed four homers in this one. Yandy Diaz, Brandon Lowe, Isaac Paredes, and Josh Lowe all hit round-trippers to help lead the Rays to victory. The Rays have now hit 29 home runs this season, to tie the all-time record through 11 games to start a season.
Shane McClanahan, one of the league’s best hurlers, was once again dominant for the Rays. McClanahan went five innings, striking out nine Red Sox hitters to earn his third victory of the season.On the season, he has struck out 21 batters in his first three starts.
We’ll see if the Red Sox can finally end the streak, as we give you our prediction for tonight’s American League East tilt.
We will now preview the baseball game plus our betting prediction for this baseball contest in St. Petersburg. Keep reading for MLB betting odds, analysis, and a free pick for Red Sox and the Rays.
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Projected Starters: LHP Chris Sale vs. RHP Taj Bradley
Teams: Boston Red Sox: 5-6, 3-2 away | Tampa Bay Rays: 11-0, 8-0 home
When: Thursday, April 13 at 6:40 pm ET
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Why Bet on the Boston Red Sox?
The Boston Red Sox will send Chris Sale to the mound this evening to try to stop Tampa’s streak. Sale has been shaky to start the season. Even though he won his last start, while striking out seven in five innings, Sale still gave up three runs.
On the season, Sale has given up 11 hits and 10 runs, while striking out 13 in just eight innings of work. Boston needs Sale to return to his All-Star form sooner rather than later if they want to stay in the AL East race. He does have a career 10-6 record with a 2.82 ERA against the Rays, so the Sox hope he can continue to do well against Tampa.
Why Bet on the Tampa Bay Rays?
With #2 starter Zach Eflin now on the 15-day injured list, the Rays are making a bold move and calling up their top pitching prospect to fill Eflin’s spot in the rotation. Taj Bradley will be making his major league debut tonight against the Red Sox. Bradley, who has only thrown eight innings for AAA Durham this season, will look to make an impact for Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Rays haven’t allowed Bradley to throw more than 55 pitches in either of his two AAA starts this season, so we look for him to be on a tight pitch count in this one. We should see a lot of bullpen action tonight.
Rookie Taj Bradley will get the start for the Rays. The Red Sox will counter with Chris Sale, 1-0, 11.25 ERA.
Boston @ Tampa Bay MLB Betting Trends
- The Rays have been favored in 10 games this season and picked up the win in all of them
- Tampa Bay has entered eight games this season favored by -179 or more, and won each of those games
- The moneyline for this contest implies a 64.2% chance of a victory for the Rays
- The Rays lead Major League Baseball in home runs with 25
- No MLB team has a better slugging percentage than Tampa Bay (.564) this season
- The Rays’ .279 batting average is among the best in baseball, ranking fifth in MLB
- The Red Sox were defeated in the one game they played as the underdog this season
- Oddsmakers have given Boston the worst odds of winning it has seen this season with a +152 moneyline listed for this contest
- So far this season, Boston’s .440 slugging percentage is sixth-best in baseball
- The Red Sox rank 17th in MLB with a .245 batting average
|Tampa Bay | 11-0||11-0||1-0||–||–||1-0||1-0|
|New York | 7-4||7-4||0-1||–||–||0-1||1-0|
|Toronto | 7-4||7-4||–||0-1||–||0-1||0-1|
|Baltimore | 6-5||6-5||–||0-1||0-1||1-0||1-0|
|Boston | 5-6||5-6||1-0||–||1-0||0-1||1-0|
Boston Red Sox
E. Hernandez, R. Devers, J. Turner, M. Yoshida, R. Refsnyder, Alex Verdugo, C. Arroyo, T. Casas, Connor Wong
Tampa Bay Rays
Yandy Diaz, Brandon Lowe, R. Arozarena, W. Franco, Luke Raley, I. Paredes, H. Ramirez, M. Margot, C. Bethancourt
Boston Red Sox
Jose Castillo (Wrist), James Paxton (Hamstring), Brayan Bello (Forearm)
Tampa Bay Rays
Zach Eflin (Back), Tyler Glasnow (Oblique), Yandy Diaz (Shoulder)
Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays MLB Betting Prediction for the Game | Final Score Prediction
It’s inevitable that the Tampa Bay Rays will be the favorites in this one. There will be a lot of excitement surrounding Bradley’s major league debut. They say that hitting is contagious, and the Rays lineup seems to be in that boat.
Chris Sale will try to stop this powerful lineup, but he won’t have much luck in doing it. The Rays will get to him early and often, and will win this one, thus extending their winning streak.
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