Chris Archer (12-11, 2.88 ERA), attemping to pick up his 200th strikeout of the season, takes the hill for the Tampa Bay Rays (68-71) as they square off against Wade Miley (11-10, 4.43 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (66-73) in the first of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 11 and can be seen on SUN and NESN.
Archer pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking three in a 6-4 defeat to the Yankees. Logan Forsythe (.287, 63 Rs, 16 HRs, 57 RBIs, 9 SBs) had another good game Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Miley went 9.0 innings, surrendering two runs and striking out eight in a 9-2 win over the Phillies in his last outing. Mookie Betts (.286, 74 Rs, 14 HRs, 70 RBIs, 17 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Tampa Bay and Boston are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Within its division, Tampa Bay has a record of 27-29 SU. The Rays have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.4 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.8 runs per game. As for the pitchers, the Rays are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 8.1 hits per game to their opponents this season.
The Red Sox are 23-33 against AL East opponents. Offensively, the Red Sox have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.7 runs per game by averaging 6.1 during that stretch. The Red Sox allow 4.8 runs per game, but does worse whenever another team from the AL East Division is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 5.4 against division foes.
The Rays have a 25-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Miley takes the mound. Archer (RHP) will be on the hill against the Red Sox, who have a 49-52 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
The Rays are 27-29 against their divisional rivals, while the Red Sox are 23-33 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Tampa Bay is 28-30, while Boston is 32-36.
The Red Sox are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 10 runs. The Rays have a 0-7 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 48-22. The Red Sox have a 52-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 534 this season. Boston ranks third with 646 runs.
Ranking 17th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 383 this season. Boston ranks in the top half at 15th with 404.
The Rays are 50-39 when they hit at least one home run. The Red Sox perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 51-42 record.