Rays and Red Sox continue ALDS
The Tampa Bay Rays will be looking to beat the Boston Red Sox for the second day in a row on Tuesday as the teams meet at Tropicana Field in Game 4 of their best-of-seven ALDS.
The Rays avoided elimination on Monday with a 5-4 win over the Red Sox in MLB betting action at the sportsbooks. Evan Longoria and Jose Lobaton (in the ninth inning) homered for Tampa Bay on Monday to cut their series deficit to 2-1.
It's a pitching duel between Jeremy Hellickson for the Rays (12-10 on the year) and Jake Peavy for Boston (12-5 so far).
Tampa Bay was a 100 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 7.5.
It's a baseball betting matchup between the No. 13-rated Rays and the league No. 4-ranked Red Sox, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.
In their last action, Boston was a 5-4 loser on the road against the Rays. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Boston suffered a 5-4 loss against Tampa Bay on Monday, as Clay Buchholz wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Tropicana Field.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 12-rated offense, averaging 4.28 runs per game, against a Red Sox defense that ranks No. 13 at 4.04 in runs allowed per game. The Rays have averaged 8.69 hits per game so far, less than Red Sox batters have averaged on the year (9.68 hits per game).
Tampa Bay owns the No. 12 defense, allowing 4.28 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Boston's No. 13-rated defense.
Boston at Tampa Bay, Thursday, October 10th