Red Sox vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 4/12/23

Tampa Bay Rays (11-0) vs Boston Red Sox (5-6)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Taj Bradley (0-0) (0.00) vs Chris Sale (1-0) (11.25)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -130 / Boston Red Sox +110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Red Sox will play the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of their series on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Red Sox Preview

The Boston Red Sox are 5-6 this season and have lost two games in a row. Prior to losing the first two games of this series, Boston won all three games in their series against Detroit. The Boston pitching staff has a 4.73 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, and a .259 opponent batting average this season. The Red Sox offense has scored 61 runs with a .240 batting average and a .323 on base percentage. Adam Duvall is batting .455 with four home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Red Sox. The projected starting pitcher for Boston is Chris Sale, who is 1-0 with an 11.25 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP over 8.0 innings pitched this year. 

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 11-0 this season and have only allowed two runs in their last four games. Tampa Bay won Games 1 and 2 of this series by scores of 1-0 and 7-2. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 1.73 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP, and a .185 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 83 runs with a .283 batting average and a .365 on base percentage this year. Brandon Lowe is batting .321 with four home runs and 10 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Taj Bradley, who is making his first start of the season. 

Trends

Boston is 5-3 in their last 8 games against the AL East and 4-10 in their last 14 Wednesday games. The under is 5-1 in Boston’s last 6 Wednesday games. Tampa Bay is 11-0 in their last 11 games and 1-4 in their last 5 Wednesday games. The over is 6-1-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 8 games. Boston is 6-21 in these two teams last 27 head to head meetings in Tampa Bay.

Pick

The Rays come into this game undefeated, but they will put their record on the line with Taj Bradley on the mound, who is making his MLB debut. Boston will start Chris Sale, who has allowed 10 runs over 8.0 innings pitched this season. Tampa Bay has hit the ball very well to start the season and they should have success against a struggling Chris Sale. I like the over in this game. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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