Blue Jays open series at Fenway Park
The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to knock off a division rival on Thursday night as they open up a key four-game MLB betting series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The Blue Jays won two of three games at Fenway Park when the teams last met in the middle of May, and are 8-1 in their past nine trips to Fenway.
Overall Boston is 5-4 against Toronto in nine games this season. The OVER/UNDER went 5-4 for totals bettors at the sportsbooks in those contests.
Boston hands the ball to starter Jon Lester in this one and he'll try to improve on his 7-4 mark on the year. The Jays have a losing record against left handed starters (9-12).
Toronto counters with Chien-Ming Wang, who will try to quiet the fans and the Red Sox bats at the same time. He faced the Red Sox several times when he was with the New York Yankees.
Bettors looking to back visiting Toronto before the first pitch in this match found them as +-165-moneyline underdogs earlier today at Bovada. They saw the total of 9.5 earlier at SportBet.
This game puts the Red Sox, most recently No. 2 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Blue Jays, who rate an American League No. 6 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Blue Jays rank No. 8 in the American League at 8.6 hits per game. That compares with Boston’s No. 3 ranking in that category.
Toronto brings the American League's No. 12-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Red Sox's league No. 6-ranked defense.
Toronto won its last outing, a 3-0 result against the Rays on June 26. Bettors who backed the Blue Jays at +104 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Blue Jays didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Tampa Bay 3-0 on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
Boston won its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Rockies on June 26. Bettors who backed the Red Sox at -186 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. John Lackey blew away 12 Colorado batter in the Red Sox's last start, leading them to a 5-3 win over Colorado on Wednesday at Fenway Park.
Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After a win are 9-1
Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Colorado are 6-4
After a win are 4-6
A few Blue Jays at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games on the road
Toronto is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston
Toronto is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home
Boston is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Toronto
Toronto at Boston, Friday, June 28