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Red Sox Rays Betting Preview

Tampa Bay will look to improve on its 23-14 record when take on Boston, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay sends Jeremy Hellickson out against Clay Buchholz for the Red Sox in this game. Hellickson is 3-0 with a 2.95 ERA on the season, while Buchholz is 4-1 on the year and has a 8.31 ERA.

View Boston vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +145 moneyline underdogs in this one at Bovada and other online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 8.5 for those preferring over under wagers at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rays rated this week at No. 6 and the Red Sox sitting at No. 3.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 5-rated American League offense, averaging 4.6 runs per game, against a Red Sox defense that ranks No. 13 in the American League at 5.2 in runs allowed per game. The Rays have averaged 8.2 hits per game so far, less than Red Sox batters have averaged on the year (9.9 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Boston owns the American League's No. 10-rated road mark, allowing 4.8 runs per game on the highway. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 4 in scoring at home.

The Red Sox were a 5-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Mariners. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -173 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Red Sox didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Seattle 5-0 on Tuesday at Fenway Park.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Blue Jays on May 15. Bettors who backed the Rays at -114 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Tampa Bay rolled to a 4-3 win against Toronto on Tuesday, as David Price and the Rays' bats led the team to victory at Rogers Centre.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After playing Seattle are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 7-3
After a win are 7-3


A few Red Sox at Rays trends to consider:
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Boston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Boston
Tampa Bay is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
Tampa Bay is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at Tampa Bay, Thursday, May 17