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MLB Odds: Red Sox vs. Pirates

The Boston Red Sox head to Pittsburgh tonight to start a three-game series with the Pirates.

Jon Lester (9-3, 3.70) starts for the Red sox tonight, while Paul Maholm (3-8. 3.29) gets the call for Pittsburgh. Lester is coming off a loss against Milwaukee in which he allowed four runs on seven hits over eight innings. Maholm faced the Indians last time out and picked up a loss after giving up four runs on seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.

View Boston vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Pittsburgh opened as +145 moneyline underdogs in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 8.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pirates rated this week at No. 16 and the Red Sox sitting at No. 1.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 14-rated offensive output, at 8 hits per game. The Red Sox average 9.8 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the American League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 6-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Red Sox own the American League's No. 7 mark in runs allowed.

The Red Sox were a 5-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Padres. That made winners of bettors who got San Diego at +190 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors. Boston didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-1 to San Diego on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 5-4 winner as they battled the Orioles at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -104 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh got the job done in their last match in a 5-4 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday at PNC Park behind starter Kevin Correia.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-3
After playing San Diego are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Boston are 1-5
After playing Baltimore are 6-2
After a win are 6-4


A few Red Sox at Pirates trends to consider:
Boston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Boston is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 25

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