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Tampa Bay RaysBoston Red Sox
April 16, 11:05 AM | GrassFenway Park

Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Odds

4-5TEAM RECORD4-5

The Boston Red Sox host Tampa Bay on Monday, looking to build on their 4-5 mark against the 4-5 Rays in MLB betting action at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox will rely on Daniel Bard to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while James Shields will be his counterpart for the Rays. Daniel Bard is 0-1 this season, and James Shields is 1-0.

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Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Red Sox as +119 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 9.5.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 2-rated Rays taking on the American League's No. 5-rated Red Sox in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 2 ranked American League offense (5.9 runs per game) against a Rays defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 14 in the American League at 6.3 runs allowed per game. The Red Sox have been averaging 9.8 hits per game, more than the Rays have managed so far this season (8.2 hits on average).

Defensively, Tampa Bay features the American League's No. 14-rated defense on the road, allowing 7.5 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the American League at home, scoring 10.3 runs per game.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 6-4 loser as they battled the Red Sox on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at +103 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Tampa Bay looks to rebound from a loss to the Red Sox, who beat them 6-4 on Sunday behind a start from Felix Doubront at Fenway Park.

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

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Texas are 5-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a win are 2-8

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

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Toronto, Tuesday, April 17
Boston home to Texas, Tuesday, April 17

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