The Tampa Bay Rays start a 10-game homestand when they send Chris Archer to the bump to face-off against the Boston Red Sox Thursday.
Though Archer has flashed some astonishing potential, he has struggled to defeat the Bo-Sox. Archer has dropped six consecutive decisions against the Sox, which includes two starts this season.
In his career, the young hurler has faltered against the division rivals and has allowed a 5.48 ERA in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox will look to try and climb out of the AL East basement, as this is their fourth game in a stretch of 23 consecutive games within their own division. Boston holds the worst record within the AL East against their own division.
Despite this dubious distinction, the Sox enter the series winning five of their past six while averaging 7.3 runs per game.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The Tampa Bay Rays were listed as -167 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 7 earlier at Bodog.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 6.7-5 win for the Red Sox. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Tampa Bay Rays sport a record of 68-71 heading into this matchup, while the Boston Red Sox sit at 66-73 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Boston injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 15 (Tampa Bay Rays) and the No. 7 (Boston Red Sox) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has baseball’s No. 27-rated offensive output, at 8.47 hits per game. The Boston Red Sox average 9.29 hits per game, good for No. 2 on the list.
Defensively, Boston features the No. 25-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.72 runs per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 at home, scoring 3.66 runs per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Boston got the job done in their last match in a 10-4 victory over Toronto on Wednesday at Fenway Park behind starter J Kelly.
Tampa Bay threw a shutout at Detroit in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by J Odorizzi to defeat Detroit 8-0 on Wednesday.
- Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston’s last 7 games
- Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Boston is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games on the road
- Tampa Bay is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
- Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 11 games at home
- Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
Next Betting Matchups
Boston at Tampa Bay, Saturday, September 12th