Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Picks

May 16, 2012


The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays will meet on the field at Tropicana Field on Wednesday in a battle of division rivals.
The Red Sox will trot Clay Buchholz out to the mound in this one. Righthander Buchholz has a 4-1 record and a 8.31 ERA this season.
Starting this game for the Rays will be Jeremy Hellickson. The righthander has a 2.95 ERA to go along with a 3-0 record this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 145-moneyline favorites versus the Red Sox, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.
The Red Sox were a 5-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Mariners. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -173 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.
Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Blue Jays on May 15. Bettors who backed the Rays at -114 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Current streak:
Boston has won 5 straight games.
Tampa Bay has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Boston: 17-19 SU
Tampa Bay: 23-14 SU

Boston most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After playing Seattle are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

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

A few trends to consider:
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
Boston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston’s last 10 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 10-2 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 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
Tampa Bay is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Boston, Thursday, May 17

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