The Boston Red Sox can pull even with the Toronto Blue Jays atop the American League East standings with a win Monday night when they visit the Tampa Bay Rays as -155 betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Boston has played some of its best ball of the season of late, winning eight of its past 10 contests, including five of seven on the road, to move past the Baltimore Orioles in the standings. The Red Sox now trail the Toronto Blue Jays by just a half game heading into Monday night’s Red Sox vs. Rays betting matchup at Tropicana Field.
The Red Sox endured their roughest outing of their current hot streak Sunday, falling 10-5 in Detroit. The Tigers’ offensive outburst also brought to close a strong run by Boston hurlers, who allowed just 23 total runs in the club’s previous nine outings, with Red Sox starters getting the decision in six of their past eight victories.
The Rays have fallen well out of contention in the AL East, currently sitting last in the division and 17 games back of the Blue Jays. But they also have looked good in recent days.
Tampa Bay is 5-1 on its current homestand and 6-1 in its past seven games overall after manhandling the Texas Rangers for a second consecutive time Sunday. The Rays handed the AL West leaders an 8-4 beating after pounding the Rangers by an 8-2 score Saturday, and have outscored opponents by a whopping 55-18 margin over their past seven games.
That torrid pace has helped fuel a hot streak for those taking the OVER in MLB totals betting, with the OVER having paid out in 13 of Tampa Bay’s last 15 contests, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
However, Tampa Bay has produced mixed results in recent clashes with the Red Sox. The Rays were swept in a three-game series at Fenway Park in early July, being outscored by an overall margin of 14-6, after taking two of three from Boston at home just days earlier. They are an even 9-9 in their past 18 home dates with the Red Sox.
David Price takes the mound against his former teammates Monday, looking for his third win in three outings. Price held the Orioles to just four hits and one earned run in six innings of work against Baltimore last week, and went eight innings in a 9-4 win over Arizona 10 days ago, but he is just 2-2 in his last five starts against Tampa Bay.
Rays starter Blake Snell also looks to build on a strong recent outing in which he scattered five hits over five innings in a 15-1 win over the San Diego Padres last week.
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