Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox: prediction for the MLB match
Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays won the American League by a large margin and secured a ticket to the playoffs a few games before the end of the regular season. In the last series of the regular season, Kevin Cash's men played against the New York Yankees. The Rays won the series with 2 victories against 1 defeat (4:3, 12:2, 0:1).
Boston Red Sox
Alex Cora's charges nearly missed the playoffs this year, but at the end of the regular season, the Boston Red Sox pulled themselves together and got four victories in a row. They shared the 4th line with their principled rival, the New York Yankees. The Red Sox and the Yankees faced off in the Wild Card game, and Boston won the right to play in the quarterfinals (6:2).
- The Tampa Bay Rays won 7 of the last 9 head-to-head games at home
- The Boston Red Sox won 5 out of 10 previous matches
- The Tampa Bay Rays only lost 3 times in the last 10 games
The Tampa Bay Rays have won 7 games against the Boston Red Sox in their 9 previous encounters at Tropicana Field. The visitors barely made it to the playoffs and looked tired and unmotivated at the end of the regular season.
In our opinion, the Rays are stronger in all aspects of the game. Moreover, they will enjoy the support of the stands. We think that the Rays will start their playoffs with a confident victory.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (-1) to the Tampa Bay Rays.