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Jon Lester, Hyun-Jin Ryu take mound in Dodgers vs Red Sox tilt

Boston Red SoxLos Angeles Dodgers
Aug 24, 4:05 PM | GrassDodger Stadium

Boston Red Sox vs Los Angeles Dodgers Odds

75-55TEAM RECORD76-52

Inter-league play resumes on Saturday as the Dodgers take on the Red Sox at Dodger Stadium in a key battle on the odds menu.

Jon Lester, with a record of 11-7 on the season, gets the ball for the Red Sox, while the Dodgers trot Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound in this one. He is 12-4 so far in 2013.

View Boston vs LA Dodgers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Dodgers as -126 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Dodgers at No. 2 in the National League and the Red Sox at No. 3 in the American League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles' No. 6 ranked National League offense (4.1 runs per game) against a Red Sox defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 7 in the American League at 4.1 runs allowed per game. The Dodgers have been averaging 9.1 hits per game, less than the Red Sox have managed so far this season (9.5 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Boston owns the American League's No. 4-rated road mark, allowing 4 runs per game on the highway. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in scoring at home.

Boston was a 2-0 loser in its last match on the road against the Dodgers. They lost as +100 underdogs, while the total score of 2 made winners of UNDER bettors. The Red Sox were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Los Angeles staff and losing 2-0 to the Dodgers on Friday at Dodger Stadium.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing LA Dodgers are 7-3
After playing LA Dodgers are 3-6
After a loss are 7-3

Los Angeles Dodgers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing Boston are 4-5
After a win are 9-1

A few Red Sox at Dodgers trends to consider:
Boston is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Dodgers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing LA Dodgers
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston's last 12 games
LA Dodgers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
LA Dodgers are 14-2 SU in their last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Dodgers' last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of LA Dodgers' last 18 games at home

Next up:
Boston at LA Dodgers, Sunday, August 25