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Boston sends Jon Lester vs James Shields in Red Sox vs Rays game

Tampa Bay RaysBoston Red Sox
Aug 16, 1:05 PM | GrassFenway Park

Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Odds

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The Boston Red Sox battle the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday in MLB betting action at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox will turn to Jon Lester and his 11-6 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Rays send James Shields (11-9) to the hill.

View Tampa Bay vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Boston sat as -160 favorites. The total was set at 8.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 3-rated Red Sox and the league No. 8-ranked Rays, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 1-rated American League offense, averaging 5.4 runs per game, against a Rays defense that ranks No. 4 in the American League at 3.9 in runs allowed per game. The Red Sox have averaged 9.9 hits per game so far, more than Rays batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Tampa Bay brings the American League's No. 4-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Red Sox's league No. 8-ranked defense.

Boston was a 5-3 loser in its last match on the road against the Mariners. They lost as -148 favorites, while the total score of 8 made winners of UNDER bettors. The Red Sox endured a 5-3 loss at the hands of the Mariners on Sunday, with Tim Wakefield throwing 8 innings of 9-hit ball at Safeco Field.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Seattle are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few Rays at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 8 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Boston is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Boston, Tuesday, August 16