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BoSox open MLB betting set in Texas

The Boston Red Sox will head down to Texas on Monday to open a four-game MLB betting series against the West-leading Rangers.

Erik Bedard (4-8, 3.44 ERA) is scheduled to get the ball for the BoSox on Monday night. Lefthander Bedard last faced the Rangers on May 3, allowing two runs over seven innings in a no-decision.

View Boston vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Rangers in this one will find them as -145 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 9 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
The Rangers - Red Sox odds would favor the Red Sox if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Texas is rated No. 3 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Boston is at No. 2 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Texas and its American League No. 3-rated batting order, averaging 5.1 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 2 lineup of the Red Sox at 5.3 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Texas has the American League's No. 8-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Red Sox own the American League's No. 7 mark in runs allowed.

The Red Sox were a 6-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -200 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Red Sox enjoyed a 6-1 victory at the expense of the Royals on Sunday, with Jon Lester throwing 6 innings of 3-hit ball at Kauffman Stadium.

Texas was a 10-0 loser in its last match on the road against the White Sox. They lost as -117 favorites, while the total score of 10 made winners of OVER bettors. Texas was scored on plenty on Sunday, falling behind early and watching runners cross the plate all game in a 10-0 loss to Chicago.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Texas are 4-6
After playing Kansas City are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Chi White Sox are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

A few Red Sox at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games on the road
Boston is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing Texas
Texas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Boston
Texas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Boston
Texas is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games at home
Texas is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games

Next up:
Boston at Texas, Tuesday, August 23