Red Sox open as moneyline underdog vs Rays
Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds
Boston pays a visit to Tampa Bay on Tuesday, hoping to shut down the Rays bats in baseball action at Tropicana Field.
Boston puts its faith in starter John Lackey to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 1-3. Getting the ball for the Rays is Matt Moore, who owns a 6-0 record on the season with a 2.14 ERA.
Those going with the Rays in this one found them listed as moneyline favorites of -149 at TopBet for Monday's contest. The total was hovering near 8 at .
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.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tampa Bay's American League No. 7-ranked scoring average of 4.7 runs per game, against a Red Sox offense rated No. 5 and scoring 4.8 runs per game in the league. The Rays have averaged 8.5 hits per game to date this season, less than the Red Sox hitters have managed (9.1 per nine innings).
Boston brings the American League's No. 9-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Rays' league No. 10-ranked defense.
Last time out for Boston, they were a 12-4 loser as they battled the Blue Jays at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jays at +200 were rewarded, while the 16 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Boston didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 12-4 to Toronto on Sunday at Fenway Park.
Tampa Bay was a 4-2 winner in its last match at home against the Padres. They won as -150 favorites, while the total score of 6 made winners of UNDER bettors. Tampa Bay looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Padres, a 4-2 final on Sunday in support of Fausto Carmona at Tropicana Field.
Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing San Diego are 5-5
After a win are 5-5
A few Red Sox at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston's last 11 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Tampa Bay's last 15 games
Boston at Tampa Bay, Wednesday, May 15