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Rays face Boston Red Sox: MLB odds preview and stats

Tampa Bay Rays

Boston Red Sox
94-74 October 10, 2013, 05:37 PM | Fenway Park 100-66

The Boston Red Sox host Tampa Bay on Thursday, looking to build on their 100-66 mark against the 94-74 Rays in MLB betting action at Fenway Park.

Tampa Bay puts its faith in starter to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 17-5. Getting the ball for the Red Sox is , who owns a 16-8 record on the season with a 3.71 ERA.

View Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox Odds and Stats.

The Red Sox - Rays odds would favor the Red Sox if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Boston is rated No. 4 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Tampa Bay is at No. 13.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Boston's No. 1-ranked scoring average of 5.3 runs per game, against a Rays offense rated No. 12 and scoring 4.26 runs per game. The Red Sox have averaged 9.66 hits per game to date this season, more than the Rays hitters have managed (8.68 per nine innings).

Defensively, Tampa Bay features the No. 18-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.27 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 at home, scoring 5.28 runs per game.

A few Rays at Red Sox trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Boston
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 10 games
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at , Wednesday, December 31st
Boston at , Wednesday, December 31st