The Boston Red Sox will look for their first series victory in Tampa Bay since 2013 when they face the Rays on Friday night in the first of three weekend matchups as +105 moneyline underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Red Sox’ season-long woes continued this past week, dropping two of three at home to the American League East rival Baltimore Orioles to remain well back of the pack in the division standings, a full nine games behind the first-place Rays.
However, Boston has had some recent success away from Fenway Park. The club enters Friday night’s Red Sox vs. Rays betting matchup at Tropicana Field with four wins in its last six road contests, but at 15-22 sports the second-worst road record in the AL, topping only the Chicago White Sox.
The Red Sox dropped two of three in their first visit to the Trop this season, and they’re a dismal 5-11 in their last 16 games in Tampa Bay since taking two of three from the Rays in September 2013.
Rick Porcello will look to halt a string of six losses in his last six starts when he takes the hill for the Red Sox on Friday night. He tossed seven innings of shutout ball aginst the Rays to earn the decision in a 2-0 win in early May, but he has struggled mightily during his current losing streak, surrendering five or more earned runs in four of his last six starts.
The right-hander endured a shaky outing against the Kansas City Royals last weekend, giving up six earned runs and two home runs over five innings in a 7-4 defeat, earning the loss and dropping to 4-8 on the season.
The Rays will counter with Alex Colome, whose recent strong performances have not been rewarded with winning decisions. Colome has been tagged for more than two earned runs in just two of last seven starts, but he is 1-2 over that stretch because of a lack of run support from the Rays’ offense.
Tampa Bay’s strong start remains one of the surprise stories of the season, but the club’s World Series odds continue to trail the favorites at 25-1.
The Washington Nationals currently hold the edge on the World Series betting lines, pegged as slim 13/2 favorites. The Nationals are closely trailed by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have slipped to 15-2 after losing six of their last 10 games. The red-hot Kansas City Royals remain deadlocked with the St. Louis Cardinals at 8-1, while the Chicago Cubs have seen their odds improve to 12-1 to sit alongside the San Francisco Giants.
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