Rays continue their series vs. Boston
The Tampa Bay Rays will continue their home MLB betting series against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night as they send David Price to the mound to take on Boston starter Jon Lester.
Tampa Bay has only managed to win two of Price's eight trips to the mound so far this season, although he held the Red Sox to one run over six innings in a 2-1 Rays loss back on April 13. Overall Price is 8-4 with a 2.99 ERA in 16 starts vs. Boston.
Tampa Bay sends David Price out against Jon Lester for the Red Sox in this game. Price is 1-3 with a 4.78 ERA on the season, while Lester is 5-0 on the year and has a 2.73 ERA.
Bettors looking to side with the Rays in this matchup found them as -123 favorites on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 7 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 2-ranked Rays and the American League No. 3-rated Red Sox in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 5-rated offensive output, at 8.6 hits per game. The Red Sox average 9 hits per game, good for No. 6 on the American League list.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 10-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Red Sox own the American League's No. 8 mark in runs allowed.
The Red Sox were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -130 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors. Boston suffered a 5-3 loss against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, as John Lackey wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Tropicana Field.
Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6
Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
A few Red Sox at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing 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 12 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 OVER in 15 of Tampa Bay's last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games at home
Boston at Tampa Bay, Thursday, May 16