Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction MLB Picks 5/21/24

Tampa Bay Rays (25-23) vs Boston Red Sox (23-24)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 6:50 pm (Tropicana Field)

Zack Littell (2-2) (3.44) vs Cooper Criswell (2-1) (2.76)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -130 / Boston Red Sox +120 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet Tuesday in MLB game 2 action at Tropicana Field. Here’s a Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction.

Boston Red Sox Betting Preview

The Boston Red Sox look to get above a .500 record after recent losses to the Rays and Cardinals. The Boston Red Sox have scored 18 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 7 games. The Boston Red Sox have won 4 of their last 6 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Jarren Duran leads the Boston Red Sox with 53 hits and 19 RBI, while Connor Wong and Rafael Devers have combined for 81 hits and 39 RBI.

Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 25-24 on the year after wins over the Red Sox and Blue Jays. The Tampa Bay Rays have scored 7 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 7 of their last 9 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won 6 of their last 8 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Yandy Diaz leads the Tampa Bay Rays with 50 hits and 23 RBI, while Isaac Paredes and Amed Rosario have combined for 95 hits and 46 RBI.

Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Pitching Matchup

Cooper Criswell gets the ball for the Boston Red Sox, and he is 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Criswell has allowed 12 hits and 6 earned runs in his last 13 innings. Criswell has a 0.96 ERA and .235 allowed batting average in 9.1 road innings. This will be Criswell’s second career game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Zack Littell gets the ball for the Tampa Bay Rays, and he is 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. Littell has allowed 17 hits and 7 runs in his last 16.2 innings. Littell has a 3.38 ERA and .270 allowed batting average in 29.1 home innings. Littell is 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA and 5 strikeouts in his career against the Boston Red Sox.

Why the Boston Red Sox will win

  • The underdogs have won four of the last five games between the Red Sox and Rays.
  • The Rays have lost five of their last six games as favorites following a loss.
  • The road team has covered the run line in eight of the Rays' last nine games.
  • The Rays have failed to cover the run line in seven of their last eight games as favorites following a loss.

Tampa Bay Rays Player Prop Facts

  • Brandon Lowe has hit a home run in three of his last four home appearances against the Red Sox after playing the previous day.
  • Brandon Lowe has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last four appearances against the Red Sox after playing the previous day.
  • Brandon Lowe has scored at least one run in each of his last four home appearances against the Red Sox after playing the previous day.
  • Brandon Lowe has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 12 Tuesday appearances.
  • Brandon Lowe has recorded at least one total base in each of his last 11 Tuesday night appearances.
  • Harold Ramirez has recorded at least one Double in each of his last three appearances against the Red Sox at Tropicana Field.
  • Yandy Diaz has recorded at least one Single in seven of the Rays' last eight games as home favorites against AL opponents.

Boston Red Sox Player Prop Facts

  • Rafael Devers has hit a home run in each of the Red Sox's last five night games.
  • Rafael Devers has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Red Sox's last five night games.
  • Rafael Devers has scored at least one run in each of the Red Sox's last seven night games.
  • Rafael Devers has recorded four or more total bases in each of the Red Sox's last six games.
  • Rafael Devers has recorded at least one hit in each of the Red Sox's last 10 games.
  • Connor Wong has recorded at least one Single in 15 of his last 16 appearances in night games.
  • Tyler O'Neill ranks T7th in the league in Home Runs (11) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Tampa Bay Rays rank T26th in the league for doubles this season (66).
  • The Tampa Bay Rays rank 5th in the league for steals this season (54).
  • The Boston Red Sox rank 2nd in the league for ERA this season (2.97).
  • The Boston Red Sox rank 28th in the league for strikeouts against this season (468).

Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction

The Tampa Bay Rays should get the benefit of the doubt at home, especially when they've been the better team this season. However, the Boston Red Sox are starting to find their form and the offense has really picked up over the last week. You can also argue Cooper Criswell has been better than Zack Littell up to this point, and he has an ERA under 1 in a small sample size on the road. The Red Sox are playing their best and most consistent ball over the last week or so. Give me the Red Sox and the plus money in game 2 against the Rays.

Randy’s Pick Boston Red Sox +120

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