MLB Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays

by Dirty on July 6, 2010

Tampa Bay Rays MLB Betting If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Tuesday when the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays meet at Tropicana Field.

The Red Sox will give the ball to starter Felix Doubront in this one. Lefthander Doubront is 1-0 this season with a 5.40 ERA.

Starting this game for the Rays will be Jeff Niemann. The righthander has a 2.80 ERA to go along with a 6-2 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 169-moneyline favorites versus the Red Sox, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.

John Jaso knocked in two runs in the Rays’ 6-5 win over the Red Sox on Monday night.

Tampa Bay won as -170 home favorites, while the teams played OVER the 9-run total set by oddsmakers.

Carl Crawford was 3-for-5 with a run batted in for the Rays, as Randy Choate picked up the win in relief of Matt Garza for Tampa Bay.

Eric Patterson went 3-for-5 with two dingers for Boston, while Ramon Ramirez was handed the loss for the Red Sox after coming into the game following Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Current streak:
Boston has lost 2 straight games.
Tampa Bay has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Boston: 49-34 SU
Tampa Bay: 49-33 SU

Boston most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing Boston are 7-3
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Boston is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing Boston
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Boston, Wednesday, July 7

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