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Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction & Preview



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The Tampa Bay Rays stay on the road at majestic Fenway Park to play the fourth game of the American League Divisional Series against the Boston Red Sox on Monday evening. The Rays are projected to send rookie right-hander Luis Patino to the mound while the Red Sox counter with second-year righty Nick Pivetta. The Red Sox managed to tie the series up before coming home on Sunday to play Game 3.


Rays Try to Rebound

The Rays have a stellar mix of power bats and elite-level arms at their disposal. They were sixth in the Majors with 222 home runs during the regular season, and sat top five all season long in staff ERA, WHIP, and runs allowed. The pitching was not on display in Game 2 though, as Baz and the bullpen combined to allow a whopping 14 runs.

Tampa Bay has yet to formally announce their starter for this game, but early reports indicate Luis Patino getting the nod for the first couple of innings or that they probably will do a bullpen game. Manager Kevin Cash has held his cards very tight so far in these playoffs. If Patino begins to struggle early on, do not be surprised if Cash pulls the plug and deploys his dynamic bullpen. They’ve done this all year long, so it should not come as a shock. After giving up 14 runs two games ago, the leash will be extra short.


Pivetta Toes the Rubber

While it hasn't officially been decided, Pivetta looks to be the choice for the Red Sox at home in Game 4. Cora noted that Eduardo Rodriguez and Chris Sale could also be available, though it seems the Red Sox are cautious of throwing another southpaw against the Rays if they can avoid it. Pivetta gave up three runs over 4 2/3 innings out of the bullpen in Game 1 on Thursday.


The Red Sox sat in the top five for much of the regular season in most offensive categories. We know the playoffs are a different animal, but Boston has a dynamic mix of speed and power. Rafael Devers paced them this year with 38 home runs and 113 RBI and hit a towering home run to put Game 2 out of reach. They’ll have a good opportunity in this game at home with the Rays trotting out either the rookie Patino or another one of their younger bullpen arms..


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