- The Red Sox and Rays meet on Tuesday, September 6th
- Tampa won the series opener on Labor Day
- Read on for the Red Sox vs Rays odds and betting prediction
After their five-game winning streak ended on Labor Day, the Boston Red Sox (67-69, 32-25 away) look to bounce back and beat the Tampa Bay Rays (75-58, 45-24 home) on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:40 PM ET.
The Red Sox will go with lefty Rich Hill for this contest, while the Rays sent Drew Rasmussen to the mound.
Red Sox vs Rays Odds
|Boston Red Sox||+135||+1.5 (-170)||Ov 7 (-120)|
|Tampa Bay Rays||-160||-1.5 (+143)||Un 7 (+100)|
Odds as of September 5th at Caesars. Get the Caesars Sportsbook bonus code.
Tampa has won seven of their last nine games against the Red Sox, which is why it’s no surprise to see them as a -160 moneyline favorite for Tuesday. The Rays’ World Series odds remain a longshot despite their previous success in the postseason, though.
Boston vs Tampa Bay Probable Pitchers
It’s been a pretty rough year for Hill, who has struggled to give Boston any consistency. The veteran is 6-5 in 20 starts, posting a 4.52 ERA in the process. He’s struck out 76 in 93.2 innings while walking 29.
Rich Hill is 42 years old and just struck out 11 hitters in 7 innings.
Respect Dick Mountain. Absolute clinic. pic.twitter.com/EERNpAkekT
— Tyler Milliken ⚾️ (@tylermilliken_) August 27, 2022
Last time out on September 1st, the 42-year-old allowed four earned on five hits in just four frames vs. Texas. However, the outing prior to that was actually against Tampa Bay and he absolutely carved them up, collecting 11 punchouts in seven innings of scoreless baseball. Hopefully, Hill can replicate a similar performance.
Hill vs Rasmussen
Rasmussen is putting together a tremendous campaign for the Rays, serving as one of their best starters and making up for the loss of Tyler Glasnow. He owns a 2.70 ERA in 23 starts, also going 9-4. The strikeout numbers are impressive (103 in 116.2 innings) while also showing great command, allowing a mere 27 free passes.
Rays’ Best of August:
Pete Fairbanks: 10.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 14.34 K/9, 0.38 WHIP, .088 BAA
Randy Arozarena: .327 BA, 1.023 OPS, 198 wRC+, 7 SB
Drew Rasmussen: 1.57 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, .160 BAA
— Gary 💥(Rays AL East Champs)💥 (@gary_rays) September 1, 2022
The righty hasn’t surrendered more than two earned runs in eight straight outings dating back to July 22nd and his streak continued on August 31st. Rasmussen gave Tampa six quality frames, giving up one earned run on four hits versus Miami. His lone appearance against Boston this season came in mid-July, allowing three runs in six innings.
Time Running Out for the Red Sox
While the Red Sox just scratched off five wins in a row, time is running out to actually grab a Wild Card spot. They’re now eight games out in the race and Monday’s 4-3 loss didn’t help.
Make it 2+ hits in each of his last 8 games. Tied for MLB's longest streak of the season. https://t.co/bJtI7w4Qhf
— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 4, 2022
Boston registered just five hits and wasted a good outing from Michael Wacha as Jeurys Familia gave up two key runs in relief. On a more positive note, Alex Verdugo and Xander Bogaerts had two-hit games.
Tampa Bay continues to play solid baseball, going 7-3 in their last 10 games. With the Yankees’ struggles, Kevin Cash’s squad even has a chance at the AL East crown still, trailing NY by just five games. In the Wild Card, they’re comfortably a half-game behind the Mariners for top spot.
You can't doubt this team's 🔥 pic.twitter.com/OB9ZWGJ5ZZ
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 5, 2022
Monday’s victory was huge and the relief corps really stepped up. After Luis Patino allowed three runs, the bullpen tossed four scoreless, with Pete Fairbanks collecting the save as he pitched a flawless ninth.
BOS vs TB – Last 10 Games
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Score|
|09/05/22||Rays||Red Sox||TB, 4-3|
|08/28/22||Red Sox||Rays||TB, 12-4|
|08/27/22||Red Sox||Rays||BOS, 5-1|
|08/26/22||Red Sox||Rays||BOS, 9-8|
|07/14/22||Rays||Red Sox||TB, 5-4|
|07/13/22||Rays||Red Sox||BOS, 4-1|
|07/12/22||Rays||Red Sox||TB, 3-2|
|07/11/22||Rays||Red Sox||TB, 10-5|
|07/06/22||Red Sox||Rays||TB, 7-1|
|07/05/22||Red Sox||Rays||TB, 8-4|
Red Sox vs Rays Pick
I really like how Rasmussen is throwing the baseball at the moment and the Rays are 45-24 at home. Take Tampa on the moneyline to grab another integral victory as the playoff picture heats up.
Pick: Rays (-160)