Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview

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The Toronto Blue Jays are set to square off against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre. New England Sports Network will be airing the action and the game is scheduled to get underway at 7:07 p.m. ET.

Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays Odds

Toronto (+115) is coming into this one as the underdog to Boston (-125) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 9 runs (+100 for the under and -120 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds standing at +120 for the Red Sox -1.5 runs and -140 for the Blue Jays +1.5 runs.

The Blue Jays are 51-60 straight up (SU) and 50-61 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 6.7 units for moneyline bettors and 18.9 units (ATS). The Red Sox are 79-34 SU and have gone 68-45 ATS. Overall, the team’s gained 29.4 units for moneyline bettors and 23.1 units ATS.

Blue Jays games have an over/under record of 56-47-8 in 2018. Boston has been a decent under bet with a total record of 51-58-4.

Drew Pomeranz is getting the nod for the BoSox. The left-handed Pomeranz (1-5, 6.56 ERA) has racked up 43 punchouts in 46.2 innings so far. He’s 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 6.75 ERA against Toronto this year.

The Blue Jays will turn to righty Marcus Stroman (4-8, 5.63 ERA), who has 68 strikeouts and 30 walks to his name as well as a 1.49 WHIP. Stroman is 0-1 with four strikeouts and a 5.40 ERA in one start against Boston this year.

As a unit, Toronto’s pitchers have given up 5.0 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 4.84, a WHIP of 1.40 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.9. The bullpen has a 4.44 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9.2 K/9. In 42 games against AL East foes, Blue Jays starters have an ERA of 4.46 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.10.

The Toronto hitters are putting up 4.5 runs per outing, including 3.9 per game against divisional foes and 5.0 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .287/.332/.489 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Yangervis Solarte has helped lead the Blue Jays’ offense this year with 17 home runs, 53 RBIs and 48 runs scored.

For the visitors, Boston’s pitchers have allowed 3.6 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.49 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 9.59 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.33, along with a K/9 of 9.60.

The Red Sox offense has slashed .269/.339/.457 on its way to 5.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

J.D. Martinez has led Boston’s offense. Martinez is slashing .324/.392/.641 with 33 home runs, 93 RBIs and 80 runs scored.

The Blue Jays are coming off of a 6-3 loss against the Mariners, while the Red Sox just got a 5-4 victory over the Yankees.

Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Red Sox, ATS Winner – Red Sox, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in just two of Toronto’s last seven games.
  • The Red Sox have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.
  • Toronto has posted 23.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 25.4 over its last five.
  • The Red Sox have won eight of their last nine games SU.