Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox, Friday, Las Vegas Odds, MLB Baseball Sports Betting, Picks and Predictions

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TAMPA BAY RAYS BOSTON RED SOX
17-20, 4th in American League East May 12, 7:10 PM | Grass of Fenway Park 18-16, 3rd in American League East

Tampa Bay at Boston, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:10 PM ET, Friday, May 12, 2017
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay), NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Alex Cobb (2-3, 3.56 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Rick Porcello (2-4, 3.95)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Tampa Bay Rays [A. Cobb -R] +1½ -140 +151 Ov 8½ -105
Boston Red Sox [R. Porcello -R] -1½ +120 -161 Un 8½ -115
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox will meet on the field at Fenway Park on Friday in a battle of division rivals.

The Rays will trot Alex Cobb out to the mound in this one. Right hander Cobb has a 2-3 record and a 3.56 ERA this season.

Cobb’s opponent in this one will be Rick Porcello. The Red Sox right hander has a 3.95 ERA to go along with a 2-4 record this season.

Cobb enjoyed his longest outing of the season Sunday but could not get any support from the Tampa Bay offense and ended up suffering the loss despite allowing two runs and four hits in eight frames against Toronto. The 29-year-old has surrendered two or fewer earned runs in each of his last three turns, including six scoreless frames at Miami on May 2. Cobb got the start at Boston on April 16 and did not fare as well, yielding four runs and 11 hits in five innings without factoring in the decision.

Porcello, who is flashing his Cy Young form of late and owns a 1.69 ERA over his last four starts, snapped a five-start winless streak by holding Minnesota to one run in seven innings on Saturday. The New Jersey native did not issue a walk in either of his last two outings and has 45 strikeouts versus only nine walks in 43 1/3 total innings this season. Porcello suffered through his worst start of the campaign against Tampa Bay on April 14, when he was lit up for eight runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Oddsmakers currently have the Red Sox listed as 161-moneyline favorites versus the Rays, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.

The Tampa Bay Rays went from 12 runs one day to zero the next in finishing out a 3-6 homestand and are looking ahead at a six-game road trip against a pair of teams that were in the playoffs last season. The Rays will kick off the trip by visiting American League East rival Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series on Friday.

Tampa Bay’s offense exploded in a 12-1 win that snapped a three-game slide on Wednesday but disappeared again on Thursday as it dropped the rubber match of a three-game series to the Kansas City Royals 6-0. “It’s difficult,” Thursday starter Jake Odorizzi, who suffered the loss despite allowing one run in six innings, told reporters. “We’re in a lot of games, which is a plus. But we just need to find a way to close games out and get us back in the win column.” The Red Sox found a way to win a close game and get back into the win column on Thursday, when Mookie Betts helped the team avoid a three-game sweep at Milwaukee by blasting a three-run homer in the ninth inning to give the team a 4-1 triumph. Betts is 10-for-22 since moving into the leadoff spot in the order and will try to stay hot on Friday against Rays right-hander Alex Cobb, who opposes Boston’s Rick Porcello.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 4-1 winner as they battled the Brewers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at -144 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 6-0 loser as they battled the Royals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at 109 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

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Tampa Bay:
Team record: 17-20 SU
Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road

Boston:
Team record: 18-16 SU
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games
Boston is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Boston Saturday, May 13

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Rays OF Steven Souza Jr. (thumb) sat out the last three games and remains day-to-day.

2. Boston SS Xander Bogaerts is enjoying a 14-game hitting streak.

3. Tampa Bay two-time Gold Glove winning CF Kevin Kiermaier has committed three errors in the last four games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Boston Red Sox will win outright at -161 and the game will go over 8½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Red Sox 5, Rays 4 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
TB TEAM BOS
4.35 RUNS 4.50
4.19 RUNS AGNST 4.12
0.16 DIFF 0.38
-$428 MONEY -$42
3.66 TEAM ERA 3.76
8.14 OFF HITS 9.41
4.08 OFF WALKS 3.53
10.11 OFF Ks 6.24
8.22 DEF HITS 8.26
3.16 DEF WALKS 2.82
7.22 DEF Ks 9.32
INJURIES
TAMPA BAY RAYS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Desmond Jennings OF 15-Day Disabled List
Oswaldo Arcia OF 15-Day Disabled List
BOSTON RED SOX
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Ryan Hannigan C 15-Day Disabled List
Josh Rutledge 2B 15-Day Disabled List
Pablo Sandoval 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Carson Smith P 15-Day Disabled List
Blake Swihart C 15-Day Disabled List
Brandon Workman P 15-Day Disabled List
Koji Uehara P 15-Day Disabled List
Andrew Benintendi OF 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Boston
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
BOSTON RED SOX
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games at home
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Tampa Bay
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Tampa Bay’s Overall Scoring vs Boston’s Overall Defense 4.4 9 4.1 5
Tampa Bay’s Away Scoring vs Boston’s Home Defense 3.4 12 4.1 8
Tampa Bay’s Road ERA vs Boston’s Home ERA Allowed 3.5 2 3.7 13
Boston’s Overall Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Overall Defense 4.5 8 4.2 8
Boston’s Home Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Road Defense 4.1 12 4.1 6
Boston’s Home ERA vs Tampa Bay’s Road ERA Allowed 3.6 6 3.2 13
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
RAYS
Rays lead the league in walks with 3.6 per game.
Rays have the best hits allowed in the league, allowing 8.1 per game.
Rays are third in the league in striking out opponents with 8.1 per game.
RED SOX
Red Sox are the highest scoring team in the league at 5.3 runs per game.
Red Sox have the second best hits stat in the league at 9.7 per game.
Red Sox are second in the league in free passes at 3.6 per game.

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