The Boston Red Sox will gun for their first back-to-back wins since before the All-Star break when they host the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night as -125 moneyline betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Boston’s second-half woes continued this past week as it dropped three of four at home to the Chicago White Sox, being outscored 28-14 in the three losses before rebounding Thursday night with an 8-2 victory to avoid a sweep.
The Red Sox’s struggles leave them with a 3-11 record since the break, dropping them to an American League-worst 45-58 record and out of playoff contention.
Boston also has given up almost 5.5 runs per game in the second half of the season, and it enters Friday night’s Rays vs. Red Sox betting matchup at Fenway Park with the worst run differential in the AL, second only to the Philadelphia Phillies in all of Major League Baseball.
Despite seeing the run total play well over in nine of the Red Sox’s last 12 games, the total is pegged at just 8.5 in the first of their three-game series with Tampa Bay. The Rays have seen the under go 9-3-3 in their last 15 games and have allowed just 22 total runs over their last eight contests.
Tampa Bay’s stingy defense has kept the team on the fringe of playoff contention with a 51-52 record, three games back in the AL wild-card race.
However, the Rays must beat struggling clubs like the Red Sox to keep pace with rivals who bulked up ahead of Friday’s trade deadline, and to buoy their fading World Series odds, which have tumbled to 50/1 at the sportsbooks this week.
Tampa Bay dropped two of three to Boston at Tropicana Field in June but is 5-4 against the Red Sox on the season, according to the OddsShark MLB Database while the under has finished 7-2.
The Kansas City Royals continue to lead the way atop the World Series odds at 9/2. The National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers remain close on the Royals’ heels at 13/2, followed by the St. Louis Cardinals at 7/1 and the Washington Nationals at 9/1.
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