Boston (N Eovaldi) (@2.55) vs Tampa Bay (R Yarbrough) (@1.5)
23-09-2019

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Tampa Bay (R Yarbrough) will win
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Boston (N Eovaldi) – Tampa Bay (R Yarbrough) Match Prediction | 23-09-2019 13:10

The Tampa Bay Rays are displaying a flair for the dramatic on their final homestand of the season and can clinch a series win over the visiting Boston Red Sox when the American League East rivals continue a four-game series Sunday afternoon. The Rays have opened the set with consecutive 5-4 wins - both in 11 innings - to move a game ahead of the Cleveland Indians for the second wild card in the AL.

Beeks started games for both Double-A Portland as well as Triple-A Pawtucket last season, amassing an 11-8 record over 26 total starts, recording a 2.19 ERA in Portland and 3.86 in Pawtucket, which gives the impression hes making quality progress in his development. Beeks, who turned 25 on July 10th, owns a much more compelling 2.89 ERA for Pawtucket while striking out a staggering 117 hitters over only 87.1 innings, leading to an impressive 12.1 K/9.

Beeks time with the Red Sox was short, as he got shelled for nine earned runs over 6.1 innings while walking four and striking out five. Beeks, whos seen plenty of action at Bostons Triple-A affiliate Pawtucket, also made his MLB debut for Boston on June 7th and appeared in two games, starting one. Tampa Bay will receive southpaw Jalen Beeks from Boston in return for Eovaldi.

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Moreland has three home runs through the first two games of the series and Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts slugged their 31st and 32nd homers, respectively, for Boston on Saturday. Willy Adames had the game-winning hit in the series opener for the Rays and added a solo shot Saturday, helping to support a staff that saw nine pitchers scatter seven hits and record 16 strikeouts. Rookie Nate Lowe was the hero in Saturday's triumph with a two-run homer in the 11th, saving Tampa Bay from a near-disaster after it had lost a late two-run advantage and watched as Mitch Moreland gave Boston the lead with a solo blast in the top of the 11th.

His four-seamer sits around 90-92 miles per hour and occasionally reaches 95 miles per hour while his two-seamer hangs between 87-89 miles per hour with excellent movement. However, he loses somevelocity when he pitches deeper into games. Beeks also owns a changeup and curveball in his arsenal, but both pitches are consideredaverage pitches as opposed to reliable go-tos. Beeks also throws a cutter which he created from a scrapped slider that sits around 87-90 miles per hour with highly touted movement in on right-handed hitters, although he has the confidence to throw it against left-handed hittersas well. Beeks has been known to throw a four-seam and two-seam fastball.

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Since then, Boston decided to go after the next best thing, insurance for the starting rotation. They got that insurance in Nathan Eovaldi, who has quietly been having a decent season for the Tampa Bay Rays after missing all of 2017 and parts of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 28-year-old has pitched to a 4.26 ERA over 10 starts in 2018, amassing a quality 53/8 K/BB ratio, and a 0.982 WHIP over 57.0 innings. The Boston Red Sox watched last night as their chances to acquire Baltimores star closer Zach Britton went by the wayside as the Yankees packaged a trio of young pitchers, headlined by Top-10 prospect RHP Dillon Tate.

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Tampa Bay, meanwhile, can continue their youth movement by acquiring a young and highly talented left-handed starter with great strikeout ability. Although neither team is likely done with trades yet, Boston is still hungry for a late reliever and Tampa Bay is still looking to offload a few veterans and contemplate whether to make ace Chris Archer available to teams via trade.

The Old Dominion product limited the Red Sox to one earned run over 7 2/3 dominant innings in his one start against them this year, but he has allowed seven runs across 7 1/3 frames in two relief outings versus Boston. Yarbrough went 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA between July and August, but he's 0-1 with a 6.50 mark in three September starts. Andrew Benintendi is 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts against Yarbrough.

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In return for Eovaldi, the Rays acquired LHP Jalen Beeks, a 24-year-old with two games of MLB experience for the Red Sox this season. He was a 12th round selection in the 2014 draft by the Red Sox. He has spent the majority of the past two seasons in Triple-A Pawtucket. In 2018, he has shown an increase in strikeouts, while his walk rate is the lowest of his professional career.

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