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MLB Odds: Rays vs. Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox will play host to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon as the clubs finish their MLB betting series.

John Lackey (11-8, 6.13 ERA) is scheduled to get the ball for Boston on Wednesday, while the Rays counter with David Price (10-10, 3.76 ERA). The Rays are 2-6 in Price's last eight outings.

View Tampa Bay vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Red Sox as -110 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 9 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Red Sox - Rays odds would favor the Red Sox if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Boston is rated No. 3 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Tampa Bay is at No. 8 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 2-rated American League offense, averaging 5.4 runs per game, against a Rays defense that ranks No. 3 in the American League at 3.9 in runs allowed per game. The Red Sox have averaged 9.8 hits per game so far, more than Rays batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Boston owns the American League's No. 8 defense, allowing 4.2 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Tampa Bay's American League No. 3-rated defense.

Tampa Bay was a 6-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Red Sox. They won as +134 underdogs, while the total score of 8 made winners of UNDER bettors. Tampa Bay hopes solid pitching and defense that led to their last victory - a 10-strikeout performance from Jeff Niemann - will prevaiil again after their 6-2 victory against Boston at Fenway Park.

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

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

A few Rays at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing Boston
Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 10 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
Boston is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Seattle, Friday, August 19
Boston at Kansas City, Thursday, August 18