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Red Sox open as moneyline underdog vs Rays

Tampa Bay RaysBoston Red Sox
July 24, 7:10 PM | GrassFenway Park

Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Odds

59-42TEAM RECORD61-41

The Boston Red Sox host Tampa Bay on Wednesday, looking to build on their 61-41 mark against the 59-42 Rays in MLB betting action at Fenway Park.

David Price, with a record of 4-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Rays, while the Red Sox trot Felix Doubront to the mound in this one. He is 7-3 so far in 2013.

View Tampa Bay vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Boston sat as +110 underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 9, according to 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Red Sox, most recently No. 2 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Rays, who rate an American League No. 3 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Boston has the American League's No. 1-rated offensive output, at 9.5 hits per game. The Rays average 8.9 hits per game, good for No. 5 on the American League list.

Defensively, Tampa Bay features the American League's No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.2 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the American League at home, scoring 5.1 runs per game.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 6-2 result against the Red Sox on July 23. Bettors who backed the Red Sox at -140 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Tampa Bay suffered a 6-2 loss against Boston on Tuesday, as Fausto Carmona wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Fenway Park.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

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

A few Rays at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Tampa Bay's last 11 games
Tampa Bay is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston's last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 8 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Boston, Thursday, July 25