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MLB Betting: Red Sox vs. Phillies

Could bettors be looking at a World Series preview tonight when the Boston Red sox and Philadelphia Phillies clash in the opener of a three-game set?

Josh Beckett (6-2, 1.86) gets the start for Boston and Cliff Lee (8-5, 2.87) is on tap for Philadelphia. Beckett pitched a complete-game one-hit shutout against Tampa Bay in his alst start. Lee also tossed a complete-game shutout in his last outing against St. Louis.

View Boston vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Red Sox listed as underdogs of +-125 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 1-ranked Phillies and the American League No. 1-rated Red Sox in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Red Sox rank No. 1 in the American League at 9.7 hits per game. That compares with Philadelphia’s No. 10 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Boston features the American League's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.6 runs per game. Philadelphia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the National League at home, scoring 4.3 runs per game.

In their last action, Boston was a 4-2 winner on the road against the Pirates. Bettors on Boston at -150 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Boston looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Pirates, a 4-2 final on Sunday in support of Andrew Miller at PNC Park.

Philadelphia won its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Athletics on June 26. Bettors who backed the Phillies at -240 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Phillies grabbed a win last time out, defeating Joshua Outman and the Athletics 3-1 on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-5
After a win are 7-3

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Boston are 3-7
After playing Oakland are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Red Sox at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Boston is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games at home
Philadelphia is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games

Next up:
Boston at Philadelphia, Wednesday, June 29