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Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Game 1 6/3/2023 Picks, Predictions and Tips

Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Game 1 6/3/2023 Picks, Predictions and Tips

An afternoon game between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays will kick off the MLB schedule for Saturday. With 103 home runs, the Rays (40-18) lead the majors and are four games ahead of Baltimore for first place in the AL East. On Wednesday, Tampa Bay defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on the road thanks to two-run homers from Jose Siri and Brandon Lowe.

The Rays have collectively hit 103 balls outside of the park and accounted for 102 two-baggers. With a slugging percentage of.486, Tampa Bay has been struck out 483 times while being intentionally walked 197 times. The Tampa Bay Rays are second in the league in team scoring with 5.9 runs scored per game. They have collected 523 base hits, 327 runs, and a 0.267 team batting average this season. 340 runs have been contributed to by them, and their team on-base percentage is.343.

Their pitching staff has a WHIP of 1.21 and a 2.68 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Rays’ pitchers have allowed 221 runs overall and 60 long balls, which ranks fourth in the league. Tampa Bay has allowed 211 earned runs and 443 hits (7.8 per nine innings). The Rays have faced 485 hitters this season and have a team earned run average of 3.69, ranking them seventh in MLB. Their pitching staff has walked 181 opponents this season, and as a team, they have a 4.12 FIP.

Josh Fleming, a southpaw who is 27 years old (1-0, 4.62 ERA), will make his fourth start for the Rays this year. In his most recent start, Fleming—often thrown in relief—was hit for 12 runs (including 10 earned runs) over six innings.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Game 1 6/3/2023 Picks, Predictions and Tips

The Boston Red Sox are attempting to climb out of the AL East Division cellar after losing seven of their previous 10 games. On Thursday, Boston defeated Cincinnati at home 8-2 by scoring six runs in the eighth inning. The Red Sox (29-27), who improved to 16-13 at home, were led by SS Enrique Hernandez, who homered and knocked in three runs.

This season, Boston has driven in 282 runs and hit 65 home homers. They have walked 181 times, struck out 293 times, and hit 126 two-baggers. The Boston Red Sox have a team batting average of.264 and an on-base percentage of.333 for the year. The Red Sox are fourth in the league with 5.23 runs scored per game and a slugging percentage of.436. They have received 507 hits and have been hit 446 times, ranking 25th in MLB.

The Red Sox have a team FIP of 4.59 and a team WHIP of 1.317 for the current season. With 474 strikeouts against 168 walks, they have a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8.70. With 480 total hits allowed, their pitching staff is ranked 22nd in the league. They have allowed 77 home runs and 5.09 runs per nine innings, which ranks 24th in the league. The Boston pitching staff’s season ERA is 4.65 (254 earned runs surrendered), while they have allowed 278 runs overall.

In 21 opportunities to preserve a game, Boston called on relievers to pitch, and they have recorded 14 saves. They have sent 172 relievers to the mound this season and have the 12th-best save percentage in MLB. Their bullpen relievers have entered the game 25 times with runners on base and 40 times in high-stakes situations. Boston relievers have scored 40.0% of the 40 inherited runners. The Red Sox have had 49 save opportunities, earning 28 holds and 7 missed saves.

On Saturday, the Red Sox will start 26-year-old righty Tanner Houck (3-4, 5.30 ERA). Houck has lost Boston’s previous four outings, and in his last 20 or more frames, he has allowed 12 runs.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Game 1. The Boston Red Sox is the MLB’s selection to win this game. SP Boston Chris Sale’s condition is unknown after he was forced to leave Thursday’s start due to left shoulder discomfort. Tampa Bay is second in runs scored and top in OPS through 59 games. Boston is fourth in runs scored and fifth in OPS for the year. Pick up the over. Predicted final score: 8-6 victory for the Tampa Bay Rays.

MLB Starting Time: 1:10 PM (EDT)

Location: Fenway Park in Boston, MA

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2022


MLB Odds: Boston Red Sox -115

MLB Totals: 9.0


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