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Handicapper and MLB player prop specialist John Hyslop is back again this Wednesday with another top strikeout prop bet to add. This time his pick comes from the AL East matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Prediction, Pick, Odds: Will Jeffrey Springs Shut Down the Red Sox?

Rays vs. Red Sox Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: September 7, 2022
  • Game Time: 6:40 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: MLB.TV

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The first thing you want to do when you start looking at lines is find one that has no chance of losing. Obviously winning is way more fun than losing so you're going to have more fun if you find winners. Everyone knows that. That's just science. Lucky for us, today the first thing I saw when I opened my DraftKings app was the Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays game. Normally I go right to the "pitcher props" but for some reason, I clicked on that game first. I'm glad I did because what I saw was shocking. Ridiculous even. I legit felt like I had won the lottery and I don't even play the lottery. Sometimes fate takes the wheel and it did big time this morning. This could be the greatest day in gambling history.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Prediction

Jeffrey Springs Over 5.5 Strikeouts (+110) (Bet $100 to Win $110)

*Odds Available at Barstool*

We're at Barstool because the others seem to be onto this Springs guy. DraftKings has 5.5 (+100) and FanDuel is offering 5.5 (-112). Obviously, we can ladder at FanDuel so we could just go 7+ (+180) like a bunch of kings. We've got options and I've even heard a few people talking about going 8+ (+360). I don't know how awesome you want tonight to be but that's definitely one way to make things right.

I wasn't sure about this guy earlier in the season but it was more about the Tampa Bay Rays than anything else. They used to do weird stuff with their pitchers so you never really knew how long guys would be in for. But as we've seen this season, Springs is in no danger of getting pulled for no reason after 30 pitches. He's approached 100 in two of his last three starts.

Springs isn't just throwing a lot of pitches either. He's striking guys out too. I don't like that he's over the one K per inning threshold but the books don't seem to be paying attention so it doesn't matter that he has 117 strikeouts in just 106.2 innings of work. It doesn't help that in his last six starts, he's gone over six strikeouts in five of them. He's gone 7+ in four of those outings. I think Springs could actually be a strikeout guy. You love to see it.

Tonight we'll see what he can do against the Boston Red Sox and I think we'll be happy. I know he just pitched against them a couple of weeks ago but he fanned eight of them. Plus, I don't think the Red Sox even care anymore so there's that too. Over the last week, no team in MLB has struck out more than they have (71 in 245 at-bats). Over the last 15 days, there are six of them that could be playing tonight that has whiffed at least 29.7% of the time. This problem isn't going away. I think it will actually get worse tonight.

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.


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