Rick Porcello (17-3, 3.23 ERA) and Matt Andriese (6-5, 3.71 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (72-58) and the Tampa Bay Rays (55-74) at Fenway Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29 and can be seen on NESN and SUN.
Porcello pitched 7.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs and striking out eight in a 4-3 defeat to the Rays. Mookie Betts (.321, 99 Rs, 29 HRs, 94 RBIs, 21 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Andriese went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 4-3 win over the Red Sox in his last outing. Evan Longoria (.289, 68 Rs, 30 HRs, 80 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rays, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for Boston and Tampa Bay are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, Boston has a record of 26-24 SU. The Red Sox have no trouble scoring as they lead the AL in home offense with 6.0 runs per home game. The Red Sox lead the AL in hits with an impressive 9.9 per game. Turning to the pitchers, the Red Sox are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.4 hits per game so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Red Sox, who rank fifth in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.3.
The Rays are 22-28 against AL East rivals.
The Red Sox lead the season series, 7-6. The Red Sox have a 55-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Andriese takes the mound. Porcello (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have a 40-55 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
The Red Sox hold a 26-24 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Rays' record in these matchups is 22-28.
The Red Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are coming in with a 27-18 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 10-55. The Red Sox have an 8-36 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 11th in home runs, Boston has hit 165 this season. Tampa Bay ranks seventh with 172 home runs.
Boston ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.95 per game this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top half with 8.13.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Boston has an OPS of .818 this season. Tampa Bay ranks 16th with an OPS of .737.
The Rays are 30-66 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 43-47 when they allow at least one homer.