Felix Doubront vs Matt Moore matchup featured in MLB action
Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds
The visiting Red Sox hope for a solid performance on Thursday as they look to steal a win at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Boston puts its faith in starter Felix Doubront to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 3-1. Getting the ball for the Rays is Matt Moore, who owns a 1-3 record on the season with a 5.31 ERA.
The Rays were listed as -119 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 9 earlier on Monday.
The Rays - Red Sox odds would favor the Red Sox if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tampa Bay is rated No. 6 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Boston is at No. 3 in the American League.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Red Sox rank No. 2 in the American League at 9.8 hits per game. That compares with Tampa Bay’s No. 10 ranking in that category.
Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 5 defense, allowing 4.1 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Boston's American League No. 13-rated defense.
In their last action, Boston was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Rays. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -138 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Red Sox were saddled with a loss last time out in Clay Buchholz's start, as they lost 2-1 against Tampa Bay on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6
Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a win are 8-2
A few Red Sox at Rays trends to consider:
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston's last 13 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
Tampa Bay is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Boston
Boston at Philadelphia, Friday, May 18
Tampa Bay home to Atlanta, Friday, May 18