MLB Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays

by Dirty on July 7, 2010

Boston Red Sox Betting Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Wednesday when the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays meet at Tropicana Field.

The Red Sox will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Tim Wakefield in this game. Wakefield has a 3-6 record and a 4.83 ERA this season.

The Rays will counter Wakefield with David Price. Lefthander Price has a 2.42 ERA to go along with a 11-4 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 177-moneyline favorites versus the Red Sox, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.

Jeff Niemann gave up no earned runs over six innings to get the victory in the Rays’ 3-2 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay cashed as -180 home favorites, while the teams played UNDER the 9-run total set by oddsmakers.

Carl Crawford homered for the Rays, who got RBIs from Jason Bartlett and John Jaso in the win.

Dan Nava was 2-for-4 with a run batted in for Boston, while losing pitcher Felix Doubront allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings for the Red Sox.

Current streak:
Boston has lost 3 straight games.
Tampa Bay has won 4 straight games.

Team records:
Boston: 49-35 SU
Tampa Bay: 50-33 SU

Boston most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Toronto are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Cleveland are 5-5
After playing Boston are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Boston is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay’s last 8 games

Next up:
Boston at Toronto, Friday, July 9
Tampa Bay home to Cleveland, Thursday, July 8

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