Blue Jays open series at Fenway Park
The Toronto Blue Jays will be trying to get their disappointing season back on track this weekend as they open a road series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday night.
The Blue Jays and Red Sox have already met six times this season, with Boston winning four of those contests for their supporters on the MLB betting lines at the sportsbooks. Each of those half-dozen games were played at Toronto's Rogers Centre.
The Red Sox will turn to Jon Lester and his 4-0 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Blue Jays send Ramon Ortiz (0-0) to the hill.
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Red Sox rated this week at No. 2 and the Blue Jays sitting at No. 10.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 4 ranked American League offense (4.9 runs per game) against a Blue Jays defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 14 in the American League at 5.3 runs allowed per game. The Red Sox have been averaging 9.1 hits per game, more than the Blue Jays have managed so far this season (8 hits on average).
Toronto brings the American League's No. 14-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Red Sox's league No. 8-ranked defense.
Toronto lost its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Rays on May 9. Bettors who backed the Rays at -150 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Toronto lost a tight one on Thursday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 5-4 score against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.
Boston lost its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Twins on May 9. Bettors who backed the Twins at +150 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Boston suffered a 5-3 loss against Minnesota on Thursday, as John Lackey wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Fenway Park.
Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7
Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
A few Blue Jays at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games
Toronto is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games
Boston is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 12 games at home
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
Toronto at Boston, Saturday, May 11