Buchholz on the hill for the Red Sox
Clay Buchholz is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday as he heads to the mound for the Boston Red Sox in their MLB betting matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Buchholz is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA on the season, and he last pitched on June 8 against the Angels (two runs over 6 2-3 innings). The righthander is 6-5 with a 2.53 ERA and 92 strikeouts in his 15 career starts against Tampa Bay.
David Price gets the call for the Rays and he will try to build on his 8-7 mark.
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Rays as -139 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.
The Rays - Red Sox odds would favor the Red Sox if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tampa Bay is rated No. 7 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Boston is at No. 3 in the American League.
How They Match Up:
At the plate, Tampa Bay owns the No. 7 ranking for hits in the American League at 8.8 per game. By contrast, the Red Sox are rated No. 2 in the same category at 9.7 per game.
Defensively, Boston features the American League's No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.1 runs per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 in the American League at home, scoring 4.4 runs per game.
The Red Sox were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Yankees. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -110 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Red Sox were saddled with a loss last time out in Jon Lester's start, as they lost 4-3 against New York on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Mariners on September 8. Bettors who backed the Rays at -147 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Tampa Bay looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Mariners, a 4-1 final on Sunday in support of Matt Moore at Safeco Field.
Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After playing NY Yankees are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2
Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Boston are 3-7
After playing Seattle are 6-4
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
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing at home against Boston
Boston at Tampa Bay, Wednesday, September 11