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MLB BASEBALL

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays will meet on the field at Tropicana Field on Monday in a battle of division rivals.

Righthander Clay Buchholz will take the mound for the Red Sox to start this game. Buchholz is 12-1 this season with a 1.74 ERA.

The Rays will counter Buchholz with Alex Cobb. Righthander Cobb has a 2.64 ERA to go along with a 12-3 record this season.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 7-4 loser as they battled the Red Sox on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at -103 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Team records:
Boston: 97-65 SU
Tampa Bay: 91-71 SU

Boston most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Boston are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston's last 13 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Tampa Bay's last 13 games when playing Boston
Tampa Bay is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Boston, Tuesday, October 8