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MLB betting line favors Rays over Red Sox

Tampa Bay RaysBoston Red Sox
Sep 18, 1:35 PM | GrassFenway Park

Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Odds

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Fenway Park hosts an MLB battle between the Boston Red Sox and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

David Price, with a record of 12-12 on the season, gets the ball for the Rays, while the Red Sox trot Tim Wakefield to the mound in this one. He is 7-6 so far in 2011.

View Tampa Bay vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Tampa Bay before the first pitch in this match will find them as 125-moneyline favorites. They will see an opening total of 8.5.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 3-rated Red Sox and the league No. 7-ranked Rays, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 2-rated American League offense, averaging 5.4 runs per game, against a Rays defense that ranks No. 1 in the American League at 3.8 in runs allowed per game. The Red Sox have averaged 9.8 hits per game so far, more than Rays batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Boston owns the American League's No. 9 defense, allowing 4.4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Tampa Bay's American League No. 1-rated defense.

Tampa Bay was a 4-3 winner in its last match on the road against the Red Sox. They won as +160 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of UNDER bettors. Tampa Bay looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Red Sox, a 4-3 final on Saturday in support of Jeff Niemann at Fenway Park.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing NY Yankees are 6-4
After playing Boston are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

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

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

Next up:
Tampa Bay at NY Yankees, Tuesday, September 20
Boston home to Baltimore, Monday, September 19