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ALDS Betting Notebook
Tampa Bay vs. Boston

Series Price: Red Sox (-130) Rays (+110)
Series Format: Boston (2-2-1)

Game 1 - Friday, Oct. 4
Game 2 - Saturday, Oct. 5
Game 3 - Monday, Oct. 7
Game 4* - Tuesday, Oct. 8
Game 5* - Thursday, Oct. 10

Records

Overall
Tampa Bay - 92-71
Boston - 97-65

Home
Tampa Bay - 51-30
Boston - 53-28

Away
Tampa Bay - 41-41
Boston - 44-37

Head-to-Head (19 Games)
Overall: Boston 12-7
Fenway Park: Boston 6-3
Tropicana Field: Boston 6-4

Total Notes (Over/Under)

Overall
Tampa Bay - 76-78-9
Boston - 74-81

Home
Tampa Bay - 38-39-4
Boston - 35-43

Away
Tampa Bay - 37-39-5
Boston - 40-38

Head-to-Head (19 Games)
Overall: Under - 14-5
Fenway Park: Under - 10-0
Tropicana Field: Under - 5-4

Game 1 Starters

Tampa Bay - Matt Moore (17-4, 3.29 ERA)

-- The Rays went 21-6 in Moore's 27 appearances, 14-2 on the road.
-- The Rayss went 6-2 in Moore's eight starts after the All-Star break.
-- Moore beat the Red Sox twice this season, including a complete-game shutout at Boston in mid-July. The Rays won each of Moore's starts against Boston as a favorite this season.
-- Moore hit the 'over' in nine of 15 road starts this season, which includes a 1-1 mark against the Red Sox.
-- Moore is making his second career postseason start after beating the Rangers in the 2011 ALDS as a +160 underdog.

Boston - Jon Lester (15-8, 3.75 ERA)

-- The Red Sox went 19-14 in Lester's 33 appearances, 11-2 at home.
-- The Red Sox went 3-3 in Lester's last six starts of the season.
-- Lester faced Tampa Bay four times this season as the Red Sox posted a 3-1 record.
-- In Lester's two home starts against Tampa Bay, he gave up 12 hits and 3 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings.
-- Lester saw the 'over' go 16-15-2 on the season but the 'under' was 7-6 in his 13 home starts.
-- Lester owns a 2-3 postseason record, but went 0-2 against the Rays in the 2008 ALCS with an ERA of 4.97.

Detroit vs. Oakland

Series Price: Tigers (-155) Athletics (+135)
Series Format: Oakland (2-2-1)

Game 1 - Friday, Oct. 4
Game 2 - Saturday, Oct. 5
Game 3 - Monday, Oct. 7
Game 4* - Tuesday, Oct. 8
Game 5* - Thursday, Oct. 10

Records

Overall
Detroit - 93-69
Oakland - 96-66

Home
Detroit - 51-30
Oakland - 52-39

Away
Detroit - 42-39
Oakland - 44-37

Head-to-Head (7 Games)
Overall: Oakland 4-3
Comerica Park: Oakland 3-1
O.Co Coliseum: Detroit 2-1

Total Notes (Over/Under)

Overall
Detroit - 81-75-6
Oakland - 84-74-4

Home
Detroit - 45-32-5
Oakland - 40-40-1

Away
Detroit - 36-44-1
Oakland - 44-34-3

Head-to-Head (7 Games)
Overall: Over - 6-1
Comerica Park: Over - 4-0
O.Co Coliseum: Over 2-1

Game 1 Starters

Detroit - Max Scherzer (21-3, 2.90 ERA)

-- The Tigers went 25-7 in Scherzer's 32 appearances, 11-5 on road
-- The Tigers went 6-2 in his final eight starts
-- Scherzer faced the A's twice this season and produced a pair of no decisions while the Tigers split the two games. Detroit blew a 3-0 lead at Oakland in mid-April as Scherzer struck out 11 batters in six innings as the Tigers lost, 4-3. In the next meeting at Comerica park in late August, the Tigers rallied from a five-run deficit to bail out Scherzer as a -190 home favorite in a 7-6 victory, in spite of the righty allowing six runs in five innings.
-- The 'under' was 17-14-1 in Scherzer's starts, 11-5 to the 'under' on the road.
-- Scherzer has put together a 2-1 career playoff record, but allowed 12 hits and five runs in 17 1/3 innings in the 2012 playoffs.

Oakland - Bartolo Colon (18-6, 2.65 ERA)

-- The A's have gone 21-9 in Colon's 30 starts, which includes an 11-5 home mark.
-- The A's won each of Colon's final four starts of the season.
-- Colon pitched opposite Scherzer in two starts against the Tigers this season, allowing four earned runs in 12 innings.
-- Colon saw the 'over' go 17-13 this season, including a 9-7 record to the 'over' at home.
-- Colon is making his first postseason start since 2005 when he was a member of the Angels. The last time Colon won in the playoffs came back in 2001 with the Indians.

  
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