Petersburg, Fla., the Rays head to Boston to regain control of their ALDS and will need to meet former Tampa Bay starter Nathan Iovaldi in order to do so.
Iovaldi has a post-season lifetime 1.63 ERA and the Red Sox are 6-1 when he pitches in the postseason. The only defeat was Game 3 of the 2018 World Series, when he threw six innings from the bullpen in a 3-2, 18-inning Boston defeat against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
On the other hand, Drew Rasmussen has been one of the most effective starting pitchers in the AL since being brought into rotation in mid-August. In his last eight starts, he has 1.42 ERA in 37 innings, while allowing one home run and two runs or less in all eight starts.
The Rays back up Rasmussen with a bullpen who is third in the ERA this year and a 3.21 ERA since the All-Star break. The Red Sox’s bullpen, in contrast, is 21st in the ERA since the break at 4.49.
The Rays are 12-5 in their last 17 matches against the Red Sox, which also included
The season followed, and in 3–1 games in which Rasmussen pitched against Boston, a trend that would continue into Game 3 on Sunday.
Drama: rays,-105 moneyline.