On the evening of May 22, 2024, the Boston Red Sox are set to go head-to-head with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:50 PM under clear skies. Pitching for the Red Sox will be Brayan Bello, who enters the game with an ERA of 3.963. Opposing him on the mound for the Rays will be Ryan Pepiot, whose ERA stands at 3.682.

In the current season, the Red Sox find themselves ranked 7th in the AL East Division with a record of 25-24, reflecting a winning percentage of 0.51. They’ve seen mixed success in their divisional play with three wins against six losses, positioning them third in the division. The Red Sox have been performing well recently, carrying a three-game winning streak and having won half of their last ten games. When it comes to their away performance, they have 15 wins and 11 losses. Overall, the team has scored 217 runs while allowing 181.

Meanwhile, the Rays are just behind with a 25-25 record, holding an even 0.50 winning percentage and sitting 8th in the division. Their divisional performance is slightly better, garnering nine wins against ten losses, placing them fourth. The Rays have an equal record of 14-14 at home and 11-11 on the road. Their recent form mirrors that of the Red Sox with five wins in their last ten games, albeit currently on a three-game losing streak. Offensively, the Rays have accrued 200 runs, with their pitching and defense having conceded 237 runs.

Turning to the betting odds for this game, the point spread is set at -1.5, and the over/under is pegged at 7.5 which suggests a tighter contest. The money line looks slightly in favor of the Tampa Bay Rays at -126, indicating bookmakers view them as marginal favorites at home, while the Red Sox stand at +106, suggesting a close match ahead.