Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 21, 2024

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May 21, 2024 7:55 AM
On Tuesday, May 21, the Boston Red Sox look to build on their series lead as they face off against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The Rays, seeking to even the series, will rely on their decent home record of 14-13 to spark a turnaround. With the Red Sox riding a 14-11 road record, this matchup promises to be an exciting contest.
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Red Sox vs Rays starting pitchers

  • Zack Littell for Tampa Bay Rays
  • Cooper Criswell for Boston Red Sox

Red Sox vs Rays statistics

Stat Red Sox Rays
Hits 402 (9th) 392 (13th)
Batting Average .244 (14th) .239 (16th)
Runs Batted In 205 (12th) 180 (22nd)
Runs 212 (Tied-12th) 198 (18th)
Home Runs 52 (Tied-9th) 41 (Tied-23rd)
Walks 148 (Tied-17th) 151 (16th)
Stolen Bases 37 (10th) 54 (5th)
Strikeouts 468 (3rd) 446 (5th)
Pitches 7141 (10th) 7315 (3rd)

Tampa Bay Rays recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/20/24 vs Boston Red Sox L 5-0
5/19/24 @ Toronto Blue Jays L 5-2
5/18/24 @ Toronto Blue Jays W 5-4
5/17/24 @ Toronto Blue Jays W 4-3
5/16/24 @ Boston Red Sox W 7-5

Boston Red Sox recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/20/24 @ Tampa Bay Rays W 5-0
5/19/24 @ St. Louis Cardinals W 11-3
5/18/24 @ St. Louis Cardinals L 7-2
5/17/24 @ St. Louis Cardinals L 10-6
5/16/24 vs Tampa Bay Rays L 7-5

Red Sox vs Rays predictions

As the Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays, I'm expecting big things from Rafael Devers, who's been on fire lately. I think he'll come out swinging, with at least two hits and an RBI. Wilyer Abreu is another player to keep an eye on - I predict he'll get on base at least twice and score a run. Garrett Cooper is also due for a breakout game, and I think he'll come through with a clutch hit or two. And don't count out Tyler O'Neill, who's been crushing the ball lately - I think he'll go yard at least once.

On the other side, the Tampa Bay Rays have some big bats as well. I think Isaac Paredes will continue his hot streak, with at least two hits and an RBI. Yandy Diaz is another player who's been hitting well, and I predict he'll get on base at least twice. And don't sleep on Randy Arozarena, who's been a thorn in the side of opposing pitchers all season - I think he'll come through with a big hit or two. Meanwhile, Zack Littell is going to have to bring his A-game if he wants to shut down the Red Sox offense.

All things considered, I think the Red Sox have the edge in this one. Their offense has been firing on all cylinders lately, and I think they'll be able to outslug the Rays. Cooper Criswell will need to bring his best stuff to the mound, but I think he's up to the task. In the end, I'm predicting a high-scoring affair with the Red Sox coming out on top, 7-5.

Tampa Bay Rays injuries

  • Osleivis Basabe (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Ryan Pepiot (SP): 15-Day-IL
  • Chris Devenski (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Colin Poche (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Shane Baz (SP): 15-Day-IL

Boston Red Sox injuries

  • Chih-Jung Liu (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Cutter Coffey (3B): Day-To-Day
  • Isaiah Campbell (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Andrew Politi (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Mikey Romero (SS): Day-To-Day

Red Sox vs Rays game info

Venue Tropicana Field
Location St. Petersburg, Florida
First pitch Tue 6:50 PM
Temperature 85°
Chance of Rain 0%

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