Preview: Red Sox at Rays

Current Conditions - St. Petersburg
CLOUDY 79 °F
Wind: CLM 0
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Boston Red Sox (59-75) at Tampa Bay Rays (65-70)
DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 30 - 7:10 PM EST
WHERE: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
LINE: 144, -156 TOTAL: 8


Rookie Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox are enjoying quite the road trip. Betts and Boston look to continue their good fortune on Saturday when they visit the Rays in the second contest of their four-game series. After belting a solo homer on Monday, Betts blasted his first career grand slam four nights later as the Red Sox cruised to an 8-4 triumph and improved to 3-1 on their 10-game road trip.

While Betts has enjoyed a productive week, Yoenis Cespedes continued his sizzling August by driving in a pair of runs to increase his total to 22 in the month. Tumbling Tampa Bay is singing a different tune as it has dropped nine of its last 13 contests after opening a 10-game homestand against its American League East rivals with a thud. The Rays need to make hay at Tropicana Field to keep alive their faint postseason hopes, but their subpar 29-37 mark at home this season doesn't provide much room for optimism.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), SUN (Tampa Bay)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox RH Allen Webster (3-2, 5.81 ERA) vs. Rays RH Jake Odorizzi (9-11, 4.23)

Webster suffered his first loss since Aug. 2 after yielding season highs in both runs (six) and hits (eight) while pitching just 4 1/3 innings in an 8-6 setback to Seattle on Sunday. The 24-year-old was coming off a string of three consecutive quality starts before authoring a dud versus the Mariners. Webster picked up the win versus Tampa Bay on July 27, permitting two runs on three hits and overcoming five walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Odorizzi struggled mightily en route to suffering his second consecutive loss, yielding four homers and eight runs total on 11 hits in four innings in a 9-1 setback to Baltimore on Monday. The 24-year-old capped his horrific performance by allowing consecutive blasts before departing. Odorizzi also sputtered versus Boston on May 31, allowing five runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings to take the loss.

WALK-OFFS

1. Tampa Bay's Brandon Guyer homered and drove in three runs in the opener while playing in place of fellow OF Desmond Jennings, who is expected to play on Saturday despite being plagued with left knee soreness.

2. Boston slugger David Ortiz has reached base safely in 14 straight contests, but is just 1-for-7 with two strikeouts versus Odorizzi.

3. Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts is expected to be reinstated from the seven-day concussion list on Saturday.

PREDICTION: Rays 4, Red Sox 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Boston 59-75 W1 29-40 30-35 22-33 14-15 14-19 9-8
Tampa Bay 65-70 L2 29-37 36-33 26-29 12-14 17-17 10-10

Last Meeting

Boston Tampa Bay
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/29/14 BOS 8 TB 4 .300 1 .778 .250 1 .686

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
BOS B. Holt .283 13 .777
TB J. Loney .288 15 .673
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
BOS B. Holt 1 5 5
TB D. Jennings 2 8 5
Pitching ERA Avg K
BOS 3.17 .236 102
TB 3.81 .223 129
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
BOS B. Holt .292 122 .733
TB J. Loney .287 146 .712
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
BOS D. Ortiz 30 52 94
TB E. Longoria 17 68 76
Pitching ERA Avg K
BOS 3.96 .244 1023
TB 3.50 .250 1214

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -159 149
-105
8
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -163 148
100
8
Sportsbook -163 148
100
8
5Dimes.eu
-157
147
107
8
GTBets.eu -157 147
100
8
Top Bet -164 149
100
8
BetOnline.ag -159 149
105
8
BetDSI -162 147
-124
7.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont -163 148
100
8
BookMaker.eu -162 147
-124
7.5
Vegas Odds
LVH -160 150
-125
8
Mirage -165 145
-120
8
Station -175
155
-110
8
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Boston Overall Tampa Bay
59-75 W/L 65-70
55-79 RL W/L 58-77
57-73-4 O/U 61-67-7
3.88 Runs For 3.90
4.39 Runs Against 3.82
Boston A/H Tampa Bay
30-35 W/L 29-37
35-30 RL W/L 25-41
28-33-4 O/U 33-30-3
3.97 Runs For 4.08
4.18 Runs Against 3.82