MLB Odds: Red Sox Favored Over Rays In Middle Game Of Weekend Series

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Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez

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The Boston Red Sox will be looking to extend their current win streak to seven games Saturday when they resume their weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays as -175 home favorites on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The two teams enjoyed a rare Friday off after Boston opened the three-game set with a narrow 3-2 victory as -226 chalk to lift its American League East-leading record to 6-1 going into Saturday afternoon’s Rays vs. Red Sox betting matchup at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox have feasted on MLB’s two Florida-based clubs in the early going of the campaign. Boston rebounded from a 6-4 Opening Day loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field with a trio of one-run victories over Tampa Bay and followed up with a two-game series sweep in Miami over the Marlins before traveling north for Thursday’s home opener.

The Red Sox have stifled opposing hitters during its early-season tear, allowing just 10 total runs over its six victories, generating a 5-1 run for the UNDER in totals betting, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.

However, Red Sox batters have yet to settle into a groove against Rays pitching, averaging a meager 2.6 runs and 7.6 hits per game over their first five meetings with Tampa Bay.

Boston has held the edge in recent clashes with the Rays, going 15-9 in their last 24 meetings overall, and avoiding consecutive defeats while going 7-3 in 10 dates at Fenway Park.

It has been a difficult start for the Rays, who sit at a distant +20000 on the 2018 World Series odds following a fourth straight losing campaign in 2017. While the Red Sox have soared, Tampa Bay has gone winless since its March 29 victory over Boston, including a pair of lopsided defeats at Yankee Stadium earlier this week.

One of the bright spots for the Rays so far has been pitcher Jake Faria, who pitched well enough to win during a four-hit performance in the club’s 1-0 loss to Boston as +135 underdogs April 1. Faria will try to remain unbeaten in four career appearances against Boston when he takes the hill Saturday, while Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello looks to improve to 4-1 in five starts against Tampa Bay.

Things will get decidedly tougher for the Red Sox when the New York Yankees roll into Fenway for three games starting Tuesday. New York’s beefy lineup tallied 12 total home runs through the club’s first seven outings, and the Yankees compiled a 5-4 record in nine road dates with Boston last season.

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