Tampa Bay Rays take on Red Sox in baseball test
Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Odds
Fenway Park hosts an MLB battle between the Boston Red Sox and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.
Felix Doubront gets the call for the Boston Red Sox and he will try to build on a 0-0 mark. In the other dugout, Alex Cobb brings a 1-0 ledger to the game for the Rays as he tries to quiet the Red Sox bats.
Bettors looking to side with the Red Sox in this matchup found them as -120 favorites on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 8.5 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.
The Red Sox - Rays odds would favor the Rays if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Boston is rated No. 14 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Tampa Bay is at No. 13 in the American League.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 5 ranked American League offense (5.1 runs per game) against a Rays defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 9 in the American League at 4.9 runs allowed per game. The Red Sox have been averaging 9.2 hits per game, more than the Rays have managed so far this season (7.1 hits on average).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Boston has the American League's No. 4-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rays own the American League's No. 9 mark in runs allowed.
Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 2-0 winner as they battled the Rangers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rays at +113 were rewarded, while the 2 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Tampa Bay threw a shutout at Texas in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by Matt Moore to defeat Texas 2-0 on Wednesday.
Last time out for Boston, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Orioles at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Orioles at +122 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Boston looks to rebound from a loss to the Orioles, who beat them 3-2 on Thursday behind a start from Chris Tillman at Fenway Park.
Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Texas are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Baltimore are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8
A few Rays at Red Sox trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Tampa Bay is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Boston is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay at Boston, Saturday, April 13