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Lester takes mound for the Red Sox

Lefthander Jon Lester is expected to get the ball for the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night as they continue their four-game MLB betting series at Fenway Park against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Lester is 8-6 with a 4.58 ERA on the season, and he's 11-9 with a 4.36 ERA over his 25 career starts against Tampa Bay. The lefthander last faced the Rays back on June 11, giving up seven runs on eight hits over 4 2-3 innings of work in that contest.

Fausto Carmona gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Rays on this day; he's 5-10 on the season.

View Tampa Bay vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Rays listed as underdogs of +-150 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 9.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Red Sox rated this week at No. 2 and the Rays sitting at No. 3.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Boston has the American League's No. 1-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.

Defensively, Tampa Bay features the American League's No. 5-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.1 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the American League at home, scoring 5.1 runs per game.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 3-0 winner as they battled the Red Sox on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at -130 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Matt Moore chucked 9 shutout innings at the Red Sox in their last game, striking out 4 in a 3-0 win against Boston in baseball action at Fenway Park.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a win are 9-1

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Rays at Red Sox trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its 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 8 of Boston's last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Boston, Wednesday, July 24