Preview: Surging Rays, slumping Red Sox clash for 1st time in 2019
TV: FOX Sports Sun
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
Boston Red Sox (6-13, fifth in the AL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (14-5, first in the AL East)
Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 7.98 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 15 strikeouts)
Rays: Ryne Stanek (1-0, 1.93 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 13 strikeouts)
Boston enters the game as losers of their last three games.
The Red Sox are 3-5 against opponents from the AL East. Boston’s team on-base percentage of .296 is last in the American League. J.D. Martinez leads the team with an OBP of .410.
The Rays are 4-2 against the rest of their division. Tampa Bay’s team on-base percentage of .346 is second in the American League. Austin Meadows leads the team with an OBP of .432. This is the first meeting of the season for these two teams.
Austin Meadows leads the Rays with 10 extra base hits and is batting .364. Brandon Lowe is 12-for-38 with three doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
Martinez leads the Red Sox with 25 hits and is batting .352. Mitch Moreland is 8-for-36 with two doubles, four home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Boston.
LAST 10 GAMES
Rays: 8-2, .299 batting average, 2.87 ERA, outscored opponents by 34 runs
Red Sox: 4-6, .209 batting average, 5.13 ERA, outscored by 16 runs
Red Sox Injuries: Brian Johnson: 10-day IL (elbow), Andrew Benintendi: day-to-day (foot), Dustin Pedroia: 10-day IL (left knee discomfort.), Brock Holt: 10-day IL (eye), Marco Hernandez: 10-day IL (shoulder).