Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays - 9/5/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Rays (74-58) vs Boston Red Sox (67-68)

Game Info: Monday, September 5, 2022 at 4:10 pm (Tropicana Field)

Luis Patino (1-1) (3.95) vs Michael Wacha (10-1) (2.56)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -110 / Boston Red Sox -110 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Red Sox will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of their series at Tropicana Field on Monday afternoon.

The Boston Red Sox are 67-68 this season and have won five games in a row. Boston is coming off of a series win against Texas, where they won all four games played. The Boston pitching staff has a 4.51 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, and a .253 opponent batting average this season. The Red Sox offense has scored 617 runs with a .260 batting average and a .320 on base percentage. Rafael Devers is batting .291 with 25 home runs and 72 RBI’s for the Red Sox this season. The projected starter for Boston is Michael Wacha, who is 10-1 with a 2.56 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over 95 innings pitched this season.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 74-58 this season and have won five of their last six games. Tampa Bay is coming off of a series win against the Yankees, where they won two out of three games played. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 3.27 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a .230 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 562 runs with a .241 batting average and a .311 on base percentage this year. Randy Arozarena is batting .264 with 18 home runs and 70 RBI’s for the Rays this season. The projected starter for Tampa Bay is Luis Patino, who is 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP over 13.2 innings pitched this season.

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Boston is 5-0 in their last 5 games and 2-5 in their last 7 games against the AL East. The under is 8-1-1 in Boston’s last 10 Monday games. Tampa Bay is 5-1 in their last 6 game one’s of a series and 4-9 in their last 13 Monday games. The under is 5-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 6 Monday games. Boston is 2-7 in these two teams last 9 head to head meetings.

Boston has played well in their last five games, but they have not been consistent enough this season and are 7.5 games out of a wild card spot. Tampa Bay is currently occupying the second wild card spot and is five games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Wacha has been really good for the Red Sox this season and I am taking them to win here.

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