5* MLB BEST BET PLAY OF THE DAY
(MLB) Tampa Bay vs. Boston, 05/13/2024 7:10 PM, Score: 5 - 3
Money Line: -108.00 Boston (Home)
Result: Loss
I like the Boston Red Sox here on Monday night. Crawford has been as reliable as anyone in the big leagues this season and has fared well against Tampa Bay in the past. He sports a 46:15 K:BB ratio in 2024, and the Rays average 8.8 Ks (21st) and 3.0 walks (20th) per game. Once he exits, the Red Sox bullpen (3.28 ERA and 1.19 WHIP) is capable of closing the door on the Rays.

The Rays Eflin has a solid ERA at 3.75 but he hasn't been as efficient on the road. If Boston can force him from the game early enough, I love its chances of scoring additional runs against Tampa Bay's bullpen in this hitter friendly park (TB bullpen 4.70 ERA and most HR allowed in MLB).