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Clay Buchholz, David Price take mound in Rays vs Red Sox tilt

Boston Red SoxTampa Bay Rays
June 16, 7:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

40-27TEAM RECORD36-32

The visiting Red Sox hope for a solid performance on Thursday as they look to steal a win at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays.

David Price will take the mound for Tampa Bay, and he'll carry a 7-5 record into the contest. Clay Buchholz gets the ball for Boston; he's 5-3 so far this season.

View Boston vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Tampa Bay opened as -120 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 8.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rays rated this week at No. 10 and the Red Sox sitting at No. 2.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 9-rated offensive output, at 8.2 hits per game. The Red Sox average 9.6 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the American League list.

Comparing defensive stats, Boston owns the American League's No. 2-rated road mark, allowing 3.6 runs per game on the highway. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 3-0 winner as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at -130 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Josh Beckett silenced the Rays bats in a 3-0 victory last time out versus Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 3-3
After playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After a win are 8-2

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Florida are 3-7
After playing Boston are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

A few Red Sox at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Boston is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Boston's last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Boston
Tampa Bay is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Tampa Bay's last 16 games at home

Next up:
Boston home to Milwaukee, Friday, June 17
Tampa Bay home to Florida, Friday, June 17