Rays Vs Red Sox: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – August 12, 2021

Written By Staff on August 11, 2021

Brandon Lowe and Rafael Devers go head-to-head in a showdown of top-10 power hitters when the Tampa Bay Rays (69-45) and the Boston Red Sox (66-50) play at 4:10 PM ET on Thursday. Lowe has 26 homers (sixth in league) for the Rays, while Devers is fourth with 28 round-trippers for the Red Sox. Tampa Bay’s (-115 to win) Drew Rasmussen starts against Boston’s (-105) Tanner Houck.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of August 11, 2021, 10:00 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Rays vs Red Sox Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Rasmussen (TB) Pitcher Houck (BOS)
1 – 1 W/L 0 – 2
39.0 IP 25.2
4.15 ERA 2.45
1.330 WHIP 1.050
11.5 K/9 12.6
3.9 BB/9 2.1

Rays Probable Starter Drew Rasmussen

  • Rasmussen (1-1) makes the start for the Rays, his third of the season.
  • In his last appearance — in relief on Friday — the righty threw 2 1/3 innings against the Orioles, giving up one earned run while surrendering five hits.
  • The opposing Red Sox offense has a collective .259 batting average, and is second in the league with 1016 total hits and fifth in MLB action with 575 runs scored. They have the second-ranked slugging percentage (.439) and rank ninth in home runs (144) in all of MLB.
  • The Rays are 6-4 in Rasmussen’s 10 starts this season with Tampa Bay as the moneyline favorite.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 11, 2021 at 10:49 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Red Sox Stats vs Rasmussen

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
J.D. Martinez 2 .500 1 0 0 .500 1.000
Bobby Dalbec 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Rafael Devers 1 .000 0 0 0 .500 .500
Hunter Renfroe 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Kevin Plawecki 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Kike Hernández 1 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 2.000

Red Sox Probable Starter Tanner Houck

  • Houck (0-2) will take the mound for the Red Sox, his sixth start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up one earned run in 3 2/3 innings pitched on Saturday in his last outing, a matchup with the Blue Jays.
  • The Rays rank 21st in MLB with a .236 batting average this season. They have a team slugging percentage that ranks 12th in the league (.413) and 151 home runs.
  • His team is 2-0 this season when he starts and they’re underdogs on the moneyline.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 11, 2021 at 10:49 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Rays Stats vs Houck

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Brandon Lowe 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Mike Zunino 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Joey Wendle 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Rays Betting Trends

  • The Rays’ offense is averaging 5.7 runs in road games and 4.6 per contest when they play at home.
  • The Rays score the third-most runs in baseball (586 total, 5.1 per game).
  • The Rays have won 62.9% of the games this season when they were favored on the moneyline (44-26).
  • Tampa Bay has a record of 40-22 in games it has played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -115 or shorter (64.5%).
  • Tampa Bay has combined with opponents to go over the total 62 times this season for a 62-47-3 record against the over/under.
  • Tampa Bay was the moneyline favorite for eight of its last 10 games, and went 6-2 in those matchups.
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Red Sox Betting Trends

  • The Red Sox have scored 575 runs this season, which ranks fifth in MLB.
  • In 57 home games this season, they’ve scored 5.4 runs per contest compared to the 4.5 per game they score away from Fenway Park.
  • This season, the Red Sox have been the underdog 43 times and won 24, or 55.8%, of those games.
  • This season, Boston has won 23 of its 41 games, or 56.1%, when they’re the underdog by at least -105 on the moneyline.
  • Games involving Boston have gone over the total set by oddsmakers in 52 of 116 chances this season.
  • Boston has played as the underdog in five of its past 10 games and has won one of those contests.

Rays Players to Watch

  • Nelson Cruz is hitting .294 with 13 doubles, a triple, 19 home runs and 29 walks.
  • Randy Arozarena is batting .271 with 22 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 36 walks.
  • Arozarena does not rank in the top 10 in average and home runs among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Arozarena has hit safely in five games in a row. During that streak he is batting .526 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, two walks and four RBIs.

Rays Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Austin Meadows 392 .240 64 21 77 .324 .793
Randy Arozarena 388 .271 67 16 52 .343 .804
Brandon Lowe 374 .227 65 26 64 .330 .817
Yandy Díaz 333 .252 46 8 39 .356 .725
Joey Wendle 313 .278 55 7 38 .324 .759
Manuel Margot 307 .257 37 9 46 .303 .697
Nelson Cruz 296 .294 44 19 50 .359 .896
Kevin Kiermaier 241 .232 32 2 24 .294 .618
Mike Zunino 231 .203 43 22 41 .297 .825
Brett Phillips 197 .213 38 9 34 .307 .718

Red Sox Players to Watch

  • Devers leads Boston in home runs with 28 and runs batted in with 86.
  • Devers ranks 18th in hits (118), 25th in AVG (.288), second in SLG (.573), fourth in HR (28), and second in RBI (86) among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Xander Bogaerts has collected 122 hits this season and has an OBP of .372. He’s slugging .514 on the year.

Red Sox Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
J.D. Martínez 415 .292 74 21 73 .354 .887
Rafael Devers 410 .288 74 28 86 .357 .930
Xander Bogaerts 397 .307 69 17 60 .372 .886
Kiké Hernández 373 .249 58 15 43 .329 .787
Hunter Renfroe 368 .255 61 19 67 .312 .788
Bobby Dalbec 297 .222 29 11 46 .273 .674
Marwin González 239 .205 25 2 20 .285 .574
Franchy Cordero 123 .195 12 1 9 .244 .512
Kevin Plawecki 103 .301 12 1 9 .368 .756
Jarren Duran 66 .212 9 2 5 .232 .580

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