MLB Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays

by Dirty on July 5, 2010

Boston Red Sox Betting The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at Tropicana Field.

Righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka will take the mound for the Red Sox to start this game. Matsuzaka is 5-3 this season with a 4.50 ERA.

It’ll be Matt Garza toeing the rubber for the Rays in this contest. Righthander Garza is 9-5 with a 4.08 ERA so far this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 152-moneyline favorites versus the Red Sox, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.

The Red Sox failed to complete a three-game sweep of the Orioles Sunday, as they fell 6-1 as -210 favorites. That game’s seven runs went UNDER the day’s posted over/under (9.5) set by sportsbooks.

John Lackey surrendered all four runs in the loss, allowing eight hits with seven strikeouts over his 7 1-3 innings for the Red Sox.

The Rays scored five times in the seventh inning to defeat the Twins 7-4 on Sunday, as -115 favorites. The game’s 11 runs made it OVER the posted over/under (9.5) set by sportsbooks.

Evan Longoria hit a two-run triple and drove in three runs for the Rays. James Shields collected the win on the mound, allowing eight hits and four runs over his six innings.

Current streak:
Tampa Bay has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Boston: 49-33 SU
Tampa Bay: 48-33 SU

Boston most recently:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Baltimore are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

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

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

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Boston, Tuesday, July 6

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