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

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49-36, 1st in American League East July 6, 7:10 PM | Turf of Tropicana Field 44-42, 3rd in American League East
Boston at Tampa Bay, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:10 PM ET, Thursday, July 6, 2017
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, NESN (Boston), FSN Sun (Tampa Bay)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Chris Sale (11-3, 2.61 ERA) vs. Rays RH Jacob Faria (3-0, 2.23)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Boston Red Sox [C. Sale -L] -1½ -105 -166 Ov 7 -107
Tampa Bay Rays [J. Faria -R] +1½ -115 +156 Un 7 -113
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The fans at Tropicana Field will be treated to a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays when they take their seats on Thursday.

The Red Sox will trot Chris Sale out to the mound in this one. Left hander Sale has a 11-3 record and a 2.61 ERA this season.

Sale’s opponent in this one will be Jake Faria. The Rays right hander has a 2.23 ERA to go along with a 3-0 record this season.

Sale is a strong candidate to get the start for the AL in Tuesday’s All-Star Game and leads the majors with 166 strikeouts. The Florida Gulf Coast product breezed through seven scoreless innings at Toronto on Saturday, scattering four hits and striking out 11 in his third straight win. Sale made two starts against Tampa Bay earlier in the season and won both while yielding four runs and five hits with 24 strikeouts in 14 frames.

Faria recorded a quality start in each of his first five major-league outings but was kept out of the win column in the last two. The 23-year-old has registered 35 strikeouts in 32 1/3 overall innings and did not walk a batter while holding Baltimore to two earned runs in 6 2/3 frames on Friday. Faria is making his third home start and is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA so far at Tropicana Field.

Oddsmakers currently have the Red Sox listed as 166-moneyline favorites versus the Rays, while the game’s total is sitting at 7.

The Boston Red Sox have been playing as well as any team in the majors of late and are guaranteed of at least being tied for first place in the American League East at the All-Star break. The Tampa Bay Rays, who host the Red Sox on Thursday for the opener of a four-game series that closes the first half, are creeping up on second place in the East but come home with an empty feeling after a 4-4 road trip.

The Rays gave themselves a chance at a winning trip by holding off the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Tuesday but could not muster the same offensive surge while falling 7-3 in the finale of the two-game interleague series. Logan Morrison, who is up for the final spot on the AL All-Star team and made some waves over the long weekend by suggesting he should have been asked to participate in the Home Run Derby, remained hot with two hits in Wednesday’s loss and has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games. Boston was full of hot hitters before managing a total of three hits in an 8-2 setback at Texas on Wednesday that snapped its six-game winning streak. Trying to keep the Red Sox’s attack down will be promising rookie Jacob Faria, who takes the mound for Tampa Bay on Thursday opposite All-Star Chris Sale.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 7-3 result against the Cubs on July 05. Bettors who backed the Cubs at -168 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 8-2 loser as they battled the Rangers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at 106 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

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Team record: 49-36 SU

Tampa Bay:
Team record: 44-42 SU

Next up:
Boston at Tampa Bay Friday, July 7


1. Rays CF Mallex Smith went 4-for-4 on Wednesday and is 7-for-13 with five runs scored in his last three games.

2. Boston RHP Matt Barnes has not allowed a hit in any of his last five appearances, totaling 5 2/3 innings.

3. Tampa Bay INF Brad Miller (groin) is on a rehab assignment and could return to the team during the series this weekend.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Boston Red Sox will win outright at -166 and the game will stay under 7 runs according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: Red Sox 4, Rays 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

4.93 RUNS 4.83
4.15 RUNS AGNST 4.65
0.78 DIFF 0.17
$239 MONEY $37
3.84 TEAM ERA 4.25
9.27 OFF HITS 8.81
3.58 OFF WALKS 3.60
7.00 OFF Ks 9.72
8.62 DEF HITS 8.60
2.58 DEF WALKS 3.26
9.32 DEF Ks 8.06
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
Desmond Jennings OF 15-Day Disabled List
Oswaldo Arcia OF 15-Day Disabled List
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston’s last 8 games on the road
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Boston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Tampa Bay’s last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing Boston
Tampa Bay is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
Tampa Bay is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Boston
Boston’s Overall Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Overall Defense 4.9 4 4.7 7
Boston’s Away Scoring vs Tampa Bay’s Home Defense 5.1 3 4.3 5
Boston’s Road ERA vs Tampa Bay’s Home ERA Allowed 4.2 3 4.8 5
Tampa Bay’s Overall Scoring vs Boston’s Overall Defense 4.8 5 4.2 3
Tampa Bay’s Home Scoring vs Boston’s Road Defense 5.1 4 4.3 4
Tampa Bay’s Home ERA vs Boston’s Road ERA Allowed 4.0 7 4.4 4
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.
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.


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