The Boston Red Sox (7-9) travel north of the border to begin a four-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays (10-6) on Monday. This marks the second series between these clubs already this season, after the Jays took two of three from Boston last week at Fenway Park. See below for more insight, analysis and a Red Sox vs Blue Jays prediction.
Red Sox vs Blue Jays Odds & Analysis
The home team opened as a -155 favorite, but early money appears to favor the Red Sox. Toronto has won six of the last eight times these teams faced each other. The total was set at 9 but has dipped as low as 8 on some sites. The total has gone UNDER in five of the last six head-to-head meetings, including all three games last week.
The Red Sox will send Nathan Eovaldi to the hill. He had a no-decision against the Blue Jays last Tuesday in a 2-1 Boston win, going 4.2 innings and giving up one earned run on seven hits. He has one win in nine career starts vs Toronto.
His counterpart will be Jose Berrios, who is 1-0 on the season after picking up a win against the Red Sox five days ago. He allowed just one earned run in six innings pitched, while striking out six. He is 1-5 all-time vs Boston in eight starts.
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Boston Hoping Big Bats Wake Up
The Red Sox have lost two straight games and four of their last five. Their offense has gone cold, scoring just 13 runs over the last six games. Boston is ranked 19th in the majors with a team batting average of .225 and has gone deep 11 times this season – only Cincinnati, Detroit and Baltimore have fewer home runs.
Numbers like that won’t cut it against a team like the Jays. They could use J.D. Martinez, who has missed the team’s last four games with a groin injury, in the lineup for this one. He’s hitting .350 vs Berrios in his career.
Stars Not Aligned Yet For Blue Jays
Toronto had a four-game win streak snapped Sunday thanks to a walk-off home run by rookie Jeremy Pena of the Astros. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 2-for-3 in the game, upping his average to .351. He also has five dingers, one back of the league lead. The long ball has been good to the Jays, who top the big leagues with 22 home runs.
But it’s not all sunshine and roses for the Blue Jays. Last year’s American League hits leader, Bo Bichette, is struggling, hitting just .217 with only two hits in his last 13 plate appearances. They are also currently dealing with injuries to outfielder Teoscar Hernandez and catcher Danny Jansen.
Red Sox vs Blue Jays Pick & Insights
Red Sox: Keys To Victory
Get to Berrios early. The Jays starter has given up runs in the first inning in two of his three starts. In fact, in his season debut, he didn’t even get out of the first frame. If Boston’s big bats can set the tone early, then taking the road dogs when making your Red Sox vs Blue Jays pick could earn you a profit.
Blue Jays: Keys To Victory
Jordan Romano. The Jays closer blew his first save in 32 appearances on Sunday and you can bet he is chomping at the bit to have another opportunity. His eight saves are tied for the most in baseball. If the Jays can deliver him a lead late in the game, then they should pick up their 11th victory of the season.
Odds Shark’s Computer Red Sox vs Blue Jays Prediction: Jays -125
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