Red Sox at Blue Jays
The Blue Jays dream of a perfect homestand ended with last night 7-5 loss in the series opener, as they are 2-8 against the Red Sox this year, including a 1-5 mark at the Rogers Centre.
Boston Red Sox (65-49) at Toronto Blue Jays (59-53)
Toronto opened as an even -110 at home for tonight’s game and the total stands at 8 across the board. Boston continues to stay in the AL East discussion despite numerous injuries, trailing the Yankees by five games. “You know what? Tonight was like out whole season,” manager Terry Francona said. “It wasn’t perfect, but we kept playing.” The Red Sox are in a fantastic spot this evening, going 7-1 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 this season. The club is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings in Toronto.
Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz will be making his 20th start of the season, posting a 12-5 record and 2.66 ERA, while leading his club to three straight wins. Over that span, the offense has provided him 16 runs of support, as he has allowed six runs and 16 hits over 22.1 frames. The right-hander has compiled a 7-2 record and 2.52 ERA in 10 road starts and notched a 2-1 victory in this building on April 27. Toronto did its normal thing on Tuesday night, blasting three home runs, but failed to end up on the winning side. The team has an MLB-leading 178 big flies on the season, including 102 at home.
Manager Cito Gaston expects outfielder Vernon Wells (toe) to return to the lineup tonight, after sitting out the first game of this crucial series, “If he’s ready to go, he’s in there.” The club is 9-5 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 this season (+360) and 40-21 in this spot the last three campaigns (+1,680). Blue Jays starting pitcher Shaun Marcum will be stepping on the mound for his 22nd start, going 10-5 with a 3.44 ERA. He brings a 4-2 record and 2.37 ERA at home in nine starts, giving up just three long balls in 60.2 innings. In 13 lifetime appearances (eight starts) against the Red Sox, the right-hander is 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA.
Bettors will have definite interest in playing the Red Sox with the team being 13-3 in Buchholz’s last 16 road starts. Don’t empty the wallet if you go in that direction, with Toronto winning 11 of its last 13 games against the division and 11 of Marcum’s last 16 starts overall.