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Red Sox begin series in Tampa Bay

American League East rivals will begin a series at Tropicana Field on Monday night as the Tampa Bay Rays play host to the Boston Red Sox in MLB betting action at the sportsbooks.

Boston and Tampa Bay have already met six times this season, with the Red Sox going 5-1 on the MLB odds for their supporters in those half-dozen contests. The UNDER has paid out in six of the last 10 matchups between the teams dating back to 2012.

John Lackey gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Red Sox on this day; he's 3-5 on the season. The Rays, meanwhile, will counter with Alex Cobb, who will be looking to improve on his 6-2 mark.

View Boston vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 4-rated Rays and the league No. 2-ranked Red Sox, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has the American League's No. 4-rated offensive output, at 8.8 hits per game. The Red Sox average 9.4 hits per game, good for No. 3 on the American League list.

Defensively, Boston features the American League's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.2 runs per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, comes in at No. 3 in the American League at home, scoring 5.2 runs per game.

The Red Sox were a 10-5 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Angels. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -162 on the moneyline, while the total score (15) was good news for OVER bettors. Boston looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Angels, a 10-5 final on Sunday in support of Ryan Dempster at Fenway Park.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 10-7 loser at home against the Orioles. Bettors on Baltimore at +124 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (17) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Rays endured a 10-7 loss at the hands of the Orioles on Sunday, with Matt Moore throwing 5 innings of 12-hit ball at Tropicana Field.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing LA Angels are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing Baltimore are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

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

Next up:
Boston at Tampa Bay, Tuesday, June 11