In the last of a four-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (53-72) and the Boston Red Sox (71-55) at Tropicana Field, Jake Odorizzi (8-5, 3.63 ERA) and Drew Pomeranz (10-9, 2.95 ERA) get the ball. The Rays won the last game 4-3, and Boston leads the series 2-1. The game gets underway at 1:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 25 and will air on NESN and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Odorizzi pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out four and walking one in an 8-2 victory over the Rangers. Evan Longoria (.287, 67 Rs, 30 HRs, 79 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Red Sox were also victorious the last time Pomeranz pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 5.0 innings, giving up one run and striking out three in a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. David Ortiz (.321, 62 Rs, 30 HRs, 100 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Red Sox, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Tampa Bay is a +115 underdog in this game, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Rays perform poorly as an underdog with a 20-35 record and have an overall money line of -2,674. They are 1-3 as the underdog over their last 10 games. Tampa Bay has averaged 6.2 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.2.
On the other side, the Red Sox have a record of 53-37 when they are favored and are +63 overall with the money line. Over the last 10 games, the team is unbeaten as the favorite with a perfect 7-0 record and 8-2 SU. The Red Sox are the number one overall scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.5 runs per game so far. The top hitting team in the AL are the Red Sox, who average 9.9 hits per game. The Red Sox are one of the top AL pitching staffs on the road, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of four runs allowed per away game. They also allow just 8.4 hits per game, good for fifth in the AL. The Boston pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging 8.1 strikeouts per game.
The Red Sox have gotten the better of the Rays in head-to-head matchups this season, going 7-5. This game will feature Pomeranz (LHP) on the mound against the Rays, who have a 14-18 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Red Sox will be the right-hander Odorizzi. They sport a 55-40 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Over
The Rays hold a 21-28 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Red Sox's record in these matchups is 26-23.
When leading after seven innings, Boston is 35-25, while Tampa Bay is 22-33.
The Red Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 17-40 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 36-11. The Red Sox have a 62-15 record when outhitting opponents.
Boston tops the league in runs with 686 this season. Tampa Bay ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 523.
Ranking 18th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 369 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 425.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 46-44. When the Red Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 58-38 record.