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Red Sox close out series in Tampa Bay

The Boston Red Sox will send Jake Peavy to the mound on Thursday night as they close out their three-game MLB betting series on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Peavy sits at 11-5 with a 4.01 ERA on the season, and in his five career starts against Tampa Bay he's 3-1 with a 4.99 ERA. The righthander took a no-decision against the Yankees last time out, allowing four runs in six innings pitched.

For the Rays, Jeremy Hellickson gets the ball, charged with keeping the Red Sox hitters off the base paths.

View Boston vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Tampa Bay sat as +102 underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 8, according to 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Rays at No. 7 in the American League and the Red Sox at No. 3 in the American League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Red Sox rank No. 2 in the American League at 9.6 hits per game. That compares with Tampa Bay’s No. 7 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Boston features the American League's No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 4 runs per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the American League at home, scoring 4.3 runs per game.

Boston won its last outing, a 7-3 result against the Rays on September 11. Bettors who backed the Red Sox at +130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Boston won a close affair on Wednesday in their last outing, defeating Tampa Bay 7-3 in extra innings at Tropicana Field.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing NY Yankees are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Minnesota are 9-1
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

A few Red Sox at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston's last 10 games when playing Tampa Bay
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay's last 11 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 18 of Tampa Bay's last 25 games at home
Tampa Bay is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston home to NY Yankees, Friday, September 13
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, Friday, September 13