1:35 pm
August 28

Rays @ Red Sox

Who will WIN this matchup?

Tampa Bay Rays (69-57)

@ Boston Red Sox (62-65)


Starting Pitchers:

Kluber (TB): 8-7; 4.20 ERA

Pivetta (BOS) 9-9; 4.24 ERA


Current odds:

Tampa Bay Rays: (-110)

Boston Red Sox: (-110)


The Boston Red Sox aim for their first three-game series sweep in two months when they face the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon. It has been a tale of two series for Boston on its six-game homestand. After being swept by Toronto, the Red Sox clinched their first series win of the season against the Rays with Saturday’s 5-1 win, scoring four runs in the first inning.

The consistent Nick Pivetta (9-9, 4.24 ERA) will take the mound on Sunday. He has made at least 25 starts for the fourth time in his career. Pivetta allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings to Baltimore in a no-decision in the MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pa., on Aug. 21. Pivetta will be looking for a better result in his sixth career start against Tampa Bay after he was tagged for seven runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings on July 5.

Saturday represented a sudden power outage for the Rays, who had scored 31 runs over their previous four games. The loss snapped a four-series win streak. Randy Arozarena was a bright spot, posting his third multi-hit game in the last six by going 2-for-4 with the lone Tampa Bay RBI.

Sunday will mark the fourth time this season that Corey Kluber (8-7, 4.20 ERA) faces Boston. Kluber looks to string back-to-back wins together for the first time since mid-July, as he allowed one run and five hits over six innings in a victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. The two-time Cy Young Award winner beat the Red Sox in back-to-back starts in July, both times going six innings and holding them to just two runs and seven hits combined. Kluber is 5-5 with a 4.16 ERA in 14 lifetime outings (13 starts) against a team that he hadn’t faced since 2018 prior to this season.

StreakSmarter Pick
Tampa Bay Rays