Drew Pomeranz (10-10, 2.95 ERA) and Jake Odorizzi (9-5, 3.53 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (73-58) and the Tampa Bay Rays (55-75) at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 9-4, and Boston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and can be seen on NESN and SUN.
Pomeranz pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out 11 and walking one in a 2-1 defeat to the Rays. Mookie Betts (.322, 101 Rs, 30 HRs, 96 RBIs, 21 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Odorizzi went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking three in a 2-1 win over the Red Sox in his most recent start.
Boston is a -175 favorite against Tampa Bay and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Red Sox have an overall money line of -288 and a record as the favorite of 55-41. Within its division, Boston has an 18-16 record as favorite and a 27-24 record 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 a phenomenal 9.9 per game. As for 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.
Over in the other dugout, Tampa Bay is coming in with an overall money line of -2,637 and a disappointing record of 23-38 as the underdog. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 13-19 record against fellow AL East members, and a 5-5 record SU.
The Red Sox lead the season series, 8-6. The Red Sox have a 56-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Odorizzi takes the mound. Pomeranz (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have a 15-19 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Over
The Red Sox hold a 27-24 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Rays' record in these matchups is 22-29.
The Red Sox are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rays have a 9-25 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Rays are 10-56. The Red Sox have an 8-36 record when opponents outhit them.
Boston ranks in the top half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 166 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 172.
Boston ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.94 per game this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top half with 8.18.
Boston ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .820. Tampa Bay ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .737.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 30-67. When the Red Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 43-47 record.