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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Team Logos & Betting Odds

The 2018 MLB online betting season continues this evening with an enticing Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox matchup. Both teams are having successful seasons but there’s no denying that Boston is leagues ahead of the Rays. Let’s check on tonight’s sports betting odds to see what kind of matchup we can expect.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox – Friday, August 17th

Series: Game 1

When: 7:00 pm ET

Where: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

TV: ESPN+

Stream: MLB TV

MLB Online Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Rays +1½ (-130) 9½ (-105) +165
Red Sox -1½ (+110) 9½ (-115) -175
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Tampa Bay Rays   

The Rays swim into this Friday night matchup sporting a 62-59 record that ranks them 3rd in the AL East. Currently 23 ½ games behind the division leading Boston Red Sox, it’s clear the Rays don’t have much of a shot at catching Boston. Nevertheless, the team can still vie to make the playoffs off a Wild Card berth. Granted, improving on their current record would help them out in that regard. Unfortunately for Tamp Bay, they didn’t fare too well against Boston in the first half of the season. In fact, through 13 games, Tampa Bay posted a 4-9 record. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why tonight’s MLB online betting odds are siding against the Rays. To prove the odds-makers wrong, the Rays will be sending Ryne Stanek to the mound this evening. Stanek is 1-3 on the year and brings a 2.42 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP to the mound this evening.

Players to Watch: Mallex Smith (2 HR, 29 RBI, .297 BA), Wilson Ramos (14 HR, 53 RBI, .297 BA), and Joey Wendle (6 HR, 38 RBI, .289 BA).

Boston Red Sox

The Bo Sox tumble into this AL East pairing flashing an 86-36 record that pegs them as the best team in the division. Surprisingly, Boston has created some separation against the second-seeded New York Yankees – who were giving them a run for their money in the 1st half of the season. Clearly, the Yanks have been having a tough time keeping up with the sheer dominance Boston is delivering this year. To pick up yet another win over Tampa Bay, Boston will be sticking with Brian Johnson this evening. Johnson is 3-3 on the season and will be looking to improve on his 3.95 ERA and his 1.38 WHIP.

Players to Watch: Mookie Betts (27 HR, 64 RBI, .352 BA), JD Martinez (37 HR, 104 RBI, .333 BA), and Andrew Benintendi (15 HR, 70 RBI, .298 BA).

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Betting Predictions

Trends

  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 12 games when playing on the road against Boston
  • Tampa Bay is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games when playing on the road against Boston
  • Tampa Bay is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston’s last 12 games at home
  • Boston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • Boston is 15-6 ATS in its last 21 games at home
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Betting Picks

So which side should players learning how to bet MLB games online take in this Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox matchup? All things considered, it’s probably better to stick with Boston this evening. They come in with a good deal of momentum and have found success against Tampa bay all season long. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 6-3 Boston. 

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