Boston favored by -135 against Tampa Bay on Thursday
Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Odds
Boston will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the Tampa Bay Rays pay a visit to Fenway Park.
John Lackey will take the mound for Boston, and he'll carry a 7-7 record into the contest. Jeremy Hellickson gets the ball for Tampa Bay; he's 9-3 so far this season.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Red Sox at No. 2 in the American League and the Rays at No. 3 in the American League heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Boston has the American League's No. 2-rated offensive output, at 9.5 hits per game. The Rays average 8.9 hits per game, good for No. 5 on the American League list.
Boston owns the American League's No. 7 defense, allowing 4.2 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Tampa Bay's American League No. 3-rated defense.
Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 5-1 winner as they battled the Red Sox on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -108 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rays enjoyed a 5-1 victory at the expense of the Red Sox on Wednesday, with David Price throwing 9 innings of 5-hit ball at Fenway Park.
Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a win are 8-2
Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Baltimore are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4
A few Rays at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston's last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston's last 9 games
Tampa Bay at NY Yankees, Friday, July 26
Boston at Baltimore, Friday, July 26