The Boston Red Sox enter this game having lost three of their last five games including a 2-3 loss in game two of the series on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays enter this game having won three of their last five games including a game two win on Saturday.
BookMaker has the Tampa Bay Rays listed as -172 money line favorites at home against the Boston Red Sox and has set the total for the over/under plays at 7.5 runs. Which team will win the series on Sunday? Let’s take a look at how these teams are faring this season.
The Boston Red Sox enter this game with a record of 7-8 which puts them in 4th place in the AL East. Boston has a run differential of -3 runs on the year.
In the game two 2-3 loss on Saturday, the Red Sox managed two runs off of two hits which came in the 10th inning of the game after Bobby Dalbec hit a triple that scored Jackie Bradley Jr. and scored a run after Christian Vazquez hit a sacrifice fly.
Rich Hill will take the mound for the Red Sox in game three of the series. Hill is 0-1 this season with a 7.00 ERA and has 6 strikeouts.
The Tampa Bay Rays enter this game with a record of 8-7 which puts them in 3rd place in the AL East. The Rays have a run differential of 5 runs this season.
In the game two 3-2 win, the Rays managed three runs off of three hits with all three runs coming in the 10th inning of the game. The winning runs were scored off the bat of Kevin Kiermaier who hit a two-run home run that also scored Taylor Walls.
The Rays will send Shane McClanahan to the mound for the series finale. McClanahan is 0-1 this season with a 2.40 ERA and has 24 strikeouts.
Boston has won seven of the last ten games in the series and has won by an average score of 5.5 to 5 in those contests. The Red Sox have won two of the last three games and have won by an average score of 4 to 3.67 in those matchups.
The total is 5-5 in the last ten games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 10.5 runs per game in those matchups. The under has hit in two of the last three games with the teams combining for an average of 7.67 runs per game in those contests.
Tampa Bay has been the slightly better team this season, however, Boston has been the better team in the series, winning seven of the last ten and two of the last three games. The Red Sox have also won by an average of .5 runs over the last ten and .33 runs over the last three games. As a result, I am taking the Red Sox money line of +149 on BookMaker for this contest on Sunday.