The Boston Red Sox have not won a series against an American League East team this season and will look to change that in Tampa Bay. They’ll need a win on Tuesday in order to do so after dropping Monday’s contest vs. the Rays 10-5.
Boston Red Sox (-125, 7.5) vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Chris Sale makes his season debut for the Red Sox after making four rehab starts at the minor league level, where he gave up 8.7 hits and 4.8 walks per nine innings while posting a 2.38 ERA.
Sale missed much of the 2021 season, as well. In nine starts, he averaged less than five innings per start while opponents hit .269 off of him and averaged 1.3 home runs per nine innings.
The Rays send Corey Kluber to the mound to oppose him. The right-hander is allowing just 1.4 walks and one home run per nine. He has an overall ERA of 3.62, which lowers to 3.08 at home.
The Red Sox have a disadvantage in the bullpen, with the Rays ninth in the league in bullpen ERA while the Red Sox rank 13th.
With Boston’s top home run hitter, Rafael Devers, out dealing with a back injury, the Rays will make it two in a row against the Red Sox.
The Play: Rays +105
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