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Red Sox will try to reignite offence vs Blue Jays

The Boston Red Sox head north to the Rogers Centre to open a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays tonight. The Red Sox have the best record in baseball at 17-4 SU in 21 games and have won nine of their last 11 games on the road. The Sox will send former Cy Young winner Rick Porcello (4-0) to the bump to combat the Jays’ pesky batting order and opened as slight faves to knock off their AL East rivals.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of the Red Sox’ last 14 games.
  • The Red Sox are 12-5 SU in their last 17 games against the Blue Jays.
  • The Blue Jays are 7-1 SU in their last eight games at home.

Through the first 19 games of the season, the Red Sox seemed unbeatable. Boston was mashing the ball (averaging 5.9 runs per game) and its starting rotation was the envy of most teams in the majors. But after a weekend in Oakland that saw them manage only eight runs over three games, including being held hitless on Saturday, the coronation of the Sox will need to wait.

That being said, Boston has studs at every position and starter Rick Porcello has been lights-out this season through four starts at 4-0 with a 0.82 WHIP and a 1.40 ERA. Even though he was rocky for most of 2017, he pitched very well in Toronto last season with a 0.66 ERA and held batters to a .222 batting average. When you consider Boston is 6-0 SU in its last six games to open a series, the Red Sox could be a great wager in the T-Dot.

As for the Jays, they’re coming off their own two-game losing streak after dropping back-to-back games vs the Yankees. J.A. Happ will head to the bump for the Jays and he has been steady for Toronto thus far but his ERA is bloated at 4.50 through four starts. He will need to regain his form to keep the powerful Red Sox lineup off the scoreboard and based on last year’s performances, he may be up to the task. Happ was 2-0 with a 1.90 ERA in two starts vs Boston last season and held hitters to a .213 batting average.

The total opened at 8.5 and the OVER could be the profitable wager when these two teams collide. The OVER has hit in the last three games in this matchup with an average combined score of 13.3 runs per game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The moneyline was hovering in the range of +105 for the Toronto Blue Jays in this one over at Bovada. The OVER/UNDER number was sitting near 8.5 at 5Dimes.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Red Sox to win this game 5.1-3.9. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Toronto Blue Jays bring a 13-8 record to the battle against the 17-4 Red Sox. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Boston injuries news.

The OddsShark MLB Power Rankings have the Blue Jays at No. 7 and the Red Sox at No. 1 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Toronto Blue Jays' No. 4-ranked offense (5.52 runs per game) against a Boston Red Sox lineup that sits at No. 2 at 5.90 runs per game. The Blue Jays have been averaging 7.95 hits per game, less than the Red Sox have managed so far this season (9.86 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Toronto has the No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Red Sox own the No. 3 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Boston didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-1 to Oakland on Sunday at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

The Blue Jays were saddled with a loss last time out in Jaime Garcia's start, as they lost 5-1 against New York on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Boston is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Boston's last 14 games
  • Boston is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Toronto is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
  • Toronto is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home
  • Toronto is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • Toronto is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Boston

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at Toronto, Wednesday, April 25

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