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Tampa Bay RaysBoston Red Sox
Sep 17, 4:10 PM | GrassFenway Park

Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Odds

83-67TEAM RECORD87-63

The Red Sox get a visit from the Tampa Bay Rays in baseball action on Saturday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Tampa Bay puts its faith in starter Jeff Niemann to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 10-7. Getting the ball for the Red Sox is Jon Lester, who owns a 15-7 record on the season with a 3.07 ERA.

View Tampa Bay vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Tampa Bay before the first pitch in this match will find them as +-170-moneyline underdogs. They will see an opening total of 8.5.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 3-ranked Red Sox and the American League No. 7-rated Rays in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Boston's American League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 5.4 runs per game, against a Rays offense rated No. 7 and scoring 4.3 runs per game in the league. The Red Sox have averaged 9.8 hits per game to date this season, more than the Rays hitters have managed (8.2 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Boston has the American League's No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rays own the American League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Red Sox on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at -139 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Tampa Bay didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-3 to Boston on Friday at Fenway Park.

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

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 2-8
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

A few Rays at Red Sox trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay

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

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