Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Picks and Predictions May 21st 2024

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Tampa Bay Rays
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Boston Red Sox
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Red Sox Star Rafael Devers Looks to Stay Hot in Rematch vs. Rays

The Boston Red Sox are riding high on a two-game winning streak as they prepare to face the Tampa Bay Rays again on Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, Florida. Following a stellar 5-0 win in the series opener, the spotlight is on Rafael Devers, who continues to etch his name into the franchise’s history books.

Rafael Devers’ Record-Breaking Performance

Rafael Devers has been on fire, setting a new franchise record by hitting home runs in six consecutive games. This incredible feat surpasses the previous record held by legends like Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx. With 10 home runs already this season, Devers is getting well-deserved praise from his manager Alex Cora.

“He’s understanding who he is in the lineup,” said Cora. “You look up and the numbers are impressive. … Shoot, I can’t remember how many games in a row I got hits.”

Red Sox’s Performance and Challenges

Despite their recent victories, the Red Sox have had a tough time on Florida’s Gulf Coast, winning only five out of their last 18 games there. Their overall record is .500 through 48 games, with a particularly challenging 2-6 mark against American League East opponents. The team is looking to turn these numbers around as they face a division rival.

Impact of Injuries on the Rays

The Rays are dealing with their own set of challenges, especially with their ace pitcher Zach Eflin on the injured list due to lower back inflammation. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash confirmed the setback.

“No doubt, it’s unfortunate,” Cash said. “His back flared up at the end of his outing in Toronto. If it is similar to what he felt last year, it’s a good sign because he bounced right back.”

Pitching Matchup: Littell vs. Criswell

Tuesday’s game will feature a pitching rematch between Zack Littell of the Rays and Cooper Criswell of the Red Sox, both right-handers. Littell, who has had stints with both teams, holds a 2-2 record with a 3.44 ERA. Last season, Littell was briefly with the Red Sox before moving to the Rangers and subsequently to the Rays.

In his appearances against the Red Sox, Littell has a 1-0 record with a 5.14 ERA, having surrendered a solo home run to Devers in their last encounter.

On the other side, Criswell, who has a 2-1 record with a 2.76 ERA, is looking to bounce back from a tough outing where he allowed five runs (three earned) in just 3 2/3 innings. His success this season has been largely due to his ability to limit baserunners, maintaining a WHIP of 1.09 and holding opponents to a .225 batting average.

Red Sox Strategy and Outlook

As the Red Sox look to capitalize on their recent momentum, they will rely heavily on Devers’ hot streak and solid performances from their rotation. Devers’ presence in the lineup has been a game-changer, and the team will need to continue its balanced approach to secure another victory against the Rays.

The series against the Rays offers the Red Sox an opportunity to improve their standing in the AL East and build on their recent successes. With key players like Devers leading the charge, Boston aims to navigate their challenges and emerge stronger as the season progresses.


The Boston Red Sox and Rafael Devers are poised to continue their winning streak and make a significant impact in their rematch against the Tampa Bay Rays. As the teams contend with their respective challenges, fans can expect an exciting game driven by standout performances and strategic plays.

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Tue, May 21, 07:24 am.
Tampa Bay Rays
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Boston Red Sox
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