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MLB Betting: Red Sox vs. Rays

The Boston Red Sox have won nine straight as they begin a three-games series with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Tropicana Field.

Tim Wakefield (3-1, 4.84) will start for the Sox tonight and James shields (5-4, 2.85) gets the ball for Tampa Bay. Wakefield recorded a win over the Yankees last time out after allowing five runs on five hits over 5 1-3 innings. Shields went seven innings in a no decision against the Angels last time out and gave up three runs on seven hits.

View Boston vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as -110 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 9 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 10-ranked Rays and the American League No. 2-rated Red Sox in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Tampa Bay and its American League No. 9-rated batting order, averaging 4.1 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 1 lineup of the Red Sox at 5.4 runs per outing.

Tampa Bay owns the American League's No. 4 defense, allowing 4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Boston's American League No. 8-rated defense.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 14-1 winner as they battled the Blue Jays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at -178 were rewarded, while the 15 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Boston enjoyed a laugher in their last game on Sunday, running up a 14-1 score against the Blue Jays.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Tigers. Bettors on Detroit at -116 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Tampa Bay lost a tight one on Monday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 2-1 score against Detroit at Comerica Park.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After playing Toronto are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Red Sox at Rays trends to consider:
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Boston's last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
Tampa Bay is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at Tampa Bay, Wednesday, June 15