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Daisuke Matsuzaka out to silence Blue Jays bats in MLB contest

Toronto Blue JaysBoston Red Sox
April 18, 11:05 AM | GrassFenway Park

Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox Odds


The Boston Red Sox will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Toronto Blue Jays invade Fenway Park on Monday.

Ricky Romero, with a record of 1-1 on the season, gets the ball for the Blue Jays, while the Red Sox trot Daisuke Matsuzaka to the mound in this one. He is 0-2 so far in 2011.

View Toronto vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Red Sox as -130 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 9.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Boston has the American League's No. 7-rated offensive output, at 7.6 hits per game. The Blue Jays average 8.9 hits per game, good for No. 4 on the American League list.

Boston owns the American League's No. 14 defense, allowing 5.8 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Toronto's American League No. 5-rated defense.

In their last action, Toronto was an 8-1 loser on the road against the Red Sox. Bettors on Boston at -230 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Toronto didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 8-1 to Boston on Sunday at Fenway Park.

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few Blue Jays at Red Sox trends to consider:
Toronto is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games when playing on the road against Boston
Toronto is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games when playing Boston
Toronto is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Toronto is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Boston is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games when playing Toronto
Boston is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Toronto
Boston is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games

Next up:
Toronto home to NY Yankees, Tuesday, April 19
Boston at Oakland, Tuesday, April 19