Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 13, 2024

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May 13, 2024 6:15 AM
On Monday, May 13, 2024, the Tampa Bay Rays will take on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Red Sox, who hold a 21-19 overall record and 9-10 home record, will look to capitalize on their home field advantage against the Rays, who have struggled on the road with a 6-9 record.
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Rays vs Red Sox starting pitchers

In the upcoming matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox, the pitching battle pits Zach Eflin of the Rays against Kutter Crawford of the Red Sox. Eflin, with a commendable ERA of 3.75 and a WHIP of 1.13 through 48 innings this season, has demonstrated control on the mound, maintaining a low number of walks but has been vulnerable with 7 home runs allowed. On the opposite side, Crawford boasts an impressive ERA of 1.75 and a WHIP of 1.08, showcasing his ability to limit both hits and runs effectively over 46.1 innings pitched. With more strikeouts and fewer losses compared to Eflin, Crawford appears to have an edge in this pitching duel, which could prove pivotal in a game likely to highlight strategic pitching and defensive plays.

Rays vs Red Sox game preview

As the Tampa Bay Rays gear up to face the Boston Red Sox, their performance metrics signal a mixed bag of robust agility and tepid hitting efficacy. With Isaac Paredes leading the charge sporting a .300 batting average, the Rays have shown sparks of offensive capability. They stand out with aggressive base running, ranking 5th in stolen bases at 48, hinting at a dynamic game strategy and the ability to exploit moments of opportunity. However, their overall run creation lags, placed 19th in runs scored, and their batting average lies at a modest .244 (12th in the league). The onus will be on starting pitcher Zach Eflin to mitigate this shortfall. Eflin's mound presence will be vital in controlling the game's pace and keeping the Rays in contention, especially by leveraging their better-than-average pitching stats against a rather high-strikeout Red Sox lineup.

On the other side, the Boston Red Sox, pitching Kutter Crawford for this match-up, display a stronger offensive game relative to the Rays, despite their high strikeout ranking at 2nd in the league. Rafael Devers and Tyler O'Neill have been instrumental this season, with Devers hitting for a stellar .287 average and O'Neill leading in home runs with 9. Additionally, the Red Sox have excelled at keeping runners on base, ranked 8th in the league, which could translate into scoring opportunities if they maintain their patience at the plate. Their middle-of-the-pack standing in runs scored and batting average (.243, 14th) suggests room for improvement, but also indicates potential resilience and clutch hitting in tight situations. To overcome the Rays, the Red Sox will need to capitalize on their relatively better hitting attributes and Crawford’s ability to manage the high-pressure innings effectively.

Boston Red Sox injuries

  • Mikey Romero (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Cutter Coffey (3B): Day-To-Day
  • Blaze Jordan (1B): Day-To-Day
  • Roberto Perez (C): Day-To-Day
  • Chih-Jung Liu (SP): Day-To-Day

Tampa Bay Rays injuries

  • Brandon Lowe (2B): 10-Day-IL
  • Jonathan Aranda (2B): 10-Day-IL
  • Chris Devenski (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Colin Poche (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Osleivis Basabe (SS): Day-To-Day

How to Watch the Rays vs Red Sox

The Rays vs. Red Sox game will be televised on NESN and is scheduled for Mon 7:10 PM.

Rays vs Red Sox predictions

The Rays are coming to town, and I'm thinking their bats are gonna be singing like a sweet melody at Fenway. Randy Arozarena, that guy's a beast, he's gonna go 2-4 with a double and a stolen base. And don't even get me started on Isaac Paredes, the dude's on fire, I'm projecting him to go yard and drive in two runs. Josh Lowe's gonna be a problem too, I see him getting on base twice and scoring a run. The Rays' lineup is looking fierce, folks.

On the other side, the Red Sox are looking to bounce back from a tough stretch. Rafael Devers is due for a big game, I'm thinking he goes 3-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Wilyer Abreu's been quietly raking, I see him getting two hits and scoring a run. And let's not forget about Tyler O'Neill, that guy's got 30-homer potential written all over him, I'm projecting him to go deep and drive in a run. The Sox need a win, and I think their bats are gonna come alive at Fenway.

So, who's gonna take this one? I'm thinking the Red Sox come out on top, 6-4. The Sox are due for a win, and I think their bats are gonna be the difference maker. The Rays' pitching is solid, but I think the Sox can get to Zach Eflin for a few runs early. Kutter Crawford's gonna have to bring his A-game, but I think he can hold the Rays' offense to just a few runs. Give me the Sox in a close one.

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