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Boston Red Sox host Toronto Blue Jays in baseball action

Toronto Blue Jays

Boston Red Sox
70-82 September 20, 2013, 07:10 PM | Fenway Park 93-61

Baseball bettors look for value at Fenway Park on Friday as host Boston battles the Toronto Blue Jays in baseball odds action.

Boston hands the ball to starter Jon Lester in this one and he'll try to improve on his 14-8 mark on the year. Toronto counters with Esmil Rogers, who will try to quiet the fans and the Red Sox bats at the same time.

View Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox Odds and Stats.

Those going with the Red Sox in this one found them listed as moneyline Favorite of -222 at TopBet for Friday's contest. The total was hovering near 8.5 at Bovada.

It's a baseball betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Red Sox and the league No. 11-ranked Blue Jays, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Toronto was a 6-2 winner at home against the Yankees. Bettors on Toronto at +109 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Toronto got the job done in their last match in a 6-2 victory over New York on Thursday at Rogers Centre behind starter Todd Redmond.

The Red Sox were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Orioles. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -130 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Red Sox enjoyed a 3-1 victory at the expense of the Orioles on Thursday, with John Lackey throwing 9 innings of 2-hit ball at Fenway Park.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 1-rated offense, averaging 5.19 runs per game, against a Blue Jays defense that ranks No. 28 at 4.7 in runs allowed per game. The Red Sox have averaged 9.59 hits per game so far, more than Blue Jays batters have averaged on the year (8.59 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Toronto owns the No. 24-rated road mark, allowing 4.47 runs per game on the highway. Boston, on the other hand, rates No. 2 in scoring at home.

A few Blue Jays at Red Sox trends to consider:
Toronto is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games
Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Boston is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Toronto at Boston, Saturday, September 21st