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Boston Red SoxTampa Bay Rays
Sep 17, 7:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays battle the visiting Boston Red Sox on Monday in MLB betting action at Tropicana Field.

Alex Cobb will take the mound for Tampa Bay, and he'll carry a 9-8 record into the contest. Aaron Cook gets the ball for Boston; he's 3-10 so far this season.

View Boston vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-220 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 8.5 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 4-ranked Rays and the American League No. 8-rated Red Sox in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 12-rated American League offense, averaging 4.2 runs per game, against a Red Sox defense that ranks No. 12 in the American League at 4.8 in runs allowed per game. The Rays have averaged 7.9 hits per game so far, less than Red Sox batters have averaged on the year (9.2 hits per game).

Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 1 defense, allowing 3.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Boston's American League No. 12-rated defense.

Boston lost its last outing, a 5-0 result against the Blue Jays on September 16. Bettors who backed the Blue Jays at -112 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Boston didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Brandon Lyon in a losing cause, 5-0, against Toronto on Sunday.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 6-4 result against the Yankees on September 16. Bettors who backed the Yankees at -127 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Rays endured a 6-4 loss at the hands of the Yankees on Sunday, with Matt Moore throwing 3 innings of 3-hit ball at Yankee Stadium.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Toronto are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few Red Sox at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
Boston is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at Tampa Bay, Tuesday, September 18

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