On May 20, 2024, at 6:50 PM, a pivotal AL East matchup will take place at Tropicana Field as the Boston Red Sox go head-to-head with the Tampa Bay Rays under a clear sky. Boston’s Tanner Houck and Tampa Bay’s Taj Bradley are set to start, boasting impressive ERAs of 2.172 and 2.455, respectively.

In the 2024 AL East standings, the Red Sox find themselves in 10th place with a 23-24 record, showcasing a recent upward trend with four wins in their last 10 games. Contrastingly, the Rays, positioned seventh with a 25-23 record, look to bounce back after a recent loss, having achieved 6 wins in their last 10 outings.

From a betting perspective, the game presents intriguing lines. The point spread is set at 1.5 in favor of the Rays, with an over/under total of 7.5 runs expected in the game. For those looking to wager on the money lines, the odds are close with the Red Sox at -107 and the Rays slightly favored at -111. These odds suggest a tightly-contested game, with both teams aiming to strengthen their standings in what promises to be a critical encounter in their divisional race.