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Jon Lester faces Doug Davis in MLB odds action

Chicago CubsBoston Red Sox
May 20, 7:10 PM | GrassFenway Park

Chicago Cubs vs Boston Red Sox Odds

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The Red Sox will be trying to slam their rivalsl from the other league on Friday, as the Chicago Cubs visit in inter-league play at Fenway Park.

The match puts starter Doug Davis for the Cubs on the hill facing Jon Lester for the Red Sox. Davis brings a 0-1 mark to the game, while Lester is 5-1 to date on the season.

View Chi Cubs vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Boston sat as -230 favorites. The total was set at 8.5.

Power Rankings:
The Red Sox - Cubs odds would favor the Cubs if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Boston is rated No. 11 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Chicago is at No. 10 in the National League.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Boston has the American League's No. 7-rated offensive output, at 8.9 hits per game. The Cubs average 9.7 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the National League list.

Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the National League's No. 15-rated road mark, allowing 5 runs per game on the highway. Boston, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 5-1 winner as they battled the Marlins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at +147 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Chicago rolled to a 5-1 win against Florida on Thursday, as Casey Coleman and the Cubs' bats led the team to victory at Sun Life Stadium.

Boston won its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Tigers on May 19. Bettors who backed the Red Sox at -134 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Boston got the job done in their last match in a 4-3 victory over Detroit on Thursday at Fenway Park behind starter Josh Beckett.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 3-0
After playing Florida are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 1-2
After playing Detroit are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

A few Cubs at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 10 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games on the road
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Boston, Saturday, May 21