The MLB is set up with another packed schedule throughout Wednesday. SIxteen games are up on the board throughout July 13. One of these games will be between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. These two teams have been strong this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 7:10 PM Eastern time.
Boston has posted a record of 47-41 so far on the season, which has them sitting in third place of the AL East. The Red Sox have lost their last two games and are 4-6 throughout their last 10. Boston one game ahead of the fourth seeded Toronto Blue Jays entering this matchup. The Red Sox will look to get back on track with a win on Wednesday night.
The Rays have put up a record of 47-40 throughout the season, which has them in second place of the AL East. Tampa Bay has won their last two games and are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Rays have a half a game lead on the Red Sox and are 14 games back on the top seed. Tampa Bay will look to grab another big home win in this one.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win on Wednesday night. The Red Sox have struggled a little bit as of late, but will look to bounce back in this one. Tampa Bay will look to build on this winning streak at home. If either team can get the early lead, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Boston Red Sox||+1 ½ (-160)||+141||Over 7 (-105)|
|Tampa Bay Rays||-1 ½ (+135)||-170||Under 7 (-115)|
|Team Data||Boston Red Sox||Tampa Bay Rays|
|Away/ Home Record||24-21||27-17|
|Batting Average Away/ Home||.254||.236|
|ERA Away/ Home||3.41||3.04|
Boston Red Sox
- 4-8 in July games
- 8-5 when playing on a Wednesday
- 11-22 against divisional opponents
- 32-27 in night games
- 15-6 against left handers
- 22-18 after a loss
- 17-18 against team with a winning record
Tampa Bay Rays
- 7-5 in July
- 9-4 when playing on Wednesday
- 19-16 against division rivals
- 27-25 in night games
- 36-28 against right handed starters
- 24-21 after a win
- 23-23 against team with a winning record
These two teams have met up eight times throughout this season. The first three games were in Tampa Bay. The Rays took two of those three games at home. The next three games were in Boston, where Tampa Bay took another two out of three. The Rays have taken the first two games of this four game set as well. Tampa Bay has outscored the Red Sox 39-24 on the season series.
FINAL: Rays 3, #RedSox 2
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 13, 2022
The Red Sox have been strong at the plate on the season. Boston has a batting average of .260, which is 1st in the MLB. The Red Sox have earned a .324 OBP, which is 5th in the league. Boston has posted an OPS of .739, which is 7th in the MLB this season. The Red Sox have hit .271 against left handers this season.
Tampa Bay has been solid hitting the ball throughout the season. The Rays have a .239 batting average, which is 21st in the league. Tampa Bay has put up an on base percentage of .306, which is 22nd in the MLB. The Rays have earned a .685 OPS, which is 24th in the league. Tampa Bay has a BA of .233 against righties.
Boston has the edge hitting the ball entering this matchup. The Red Sox have 15 hits and 7 runs in this two game set so far. Tampa Bay has earned 20 hits and 13 runs in the last two games. The Rays will look to keep their bats hot early in this one. Boston will look to step up early as well though. If either team can get some hits early, it could get them the win.
Josh Winckowski will likely get the start on the mound for Boston in this one. Winckowski has started in 6 games this season, going 3-3 in those matchups. He has posted a 4.35 ERA and a WHIP of 1.52 in those outings. Winckowski pitched five innings in his last start against the New York Yankees. He gave up six hits and six runs in the losing effort.
I expect Shane McClanahan to start at pitcher for the Rays on Wednesday night. McClanahan has earned a record of 9-3 throughout his 17 starts this season. He has put up an ERA of 1.73 and a 0.81 WHIP in those games. McClanahan’s last start was against the Cincinnati Reds. He gave up three hits and one run in the no decision.
McClanahan has won two of his last three starts and will look to remain hot in this one. Winckowski has lost his last two starts and will look to bounce back early. Tampa Bay has the edge in the bullpen early. The Rays relievers have a 3.41 ERA, which is 7th in the MLB. The Red Sox bullpen has a combined ERA of 3.63, which is 13th in the league.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for the win in this one. The Red Sox have struggled in the first two games of this series against Tampa Bay, but will look to bounce back. Boston has been better at the plate, but the Rays have the edge on the mound. If either team can step up early, it could be enough for the win.
Bovada has Tampa Bay listed as a -170 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Rays will win this game around 63 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams competing in the division. I think Boston will look for a faster start in this one. As big underdogs, I like the value on the Red Sox to earn the win.