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MLB betting line favors Rays over Red Sox

Boston Red SoxTampa Bay Rays
May 16, 7:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

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Baseball bettors look for value at Tropicana Field on Thursday as host Tampa Bay battles the Boston Red Sox in baseball odds action.

Felix Doubront, with a record of 3-1 on the season, gets the ball for the Red Sox, while the Rays trot Alex Cobb to the mound in this one. He is 4-2 so far in 2013.

View Boston vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Rays in this matchup found them as -152 favorites on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 8.5 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.

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

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 6-rated offensive output, at 8.6 hits per game. The Red Sox average 9 hits per game, good for No. 6 on the American League list.

Defensively, Boston features the American League's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.6 runs per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the American League at home, scoring 5 runs per game.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 9-2 winner as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at +115 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Boston got the job done in their last match in a 9-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Wednesday at Tropicana Field behind starter Jon Lester.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Minnesota are 3-7
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Baltimore are 4-6
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few Red Sox at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Tampa Bay's last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games at home
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Boston at Minnesota, Friday, May 17
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, Friday, May 17