MLB odds: Blue Jays vs. Red Sox prediction, odds, pick, and more
Boston took the thrilling first game of the series by a score of 5-4. Alex Verdugo was the hero with a late two-run homer to give his club the lead and the eventual victory. Boston has played terrific over the past few weeks and is maintaining a 1.5-game lead in the AL East. Toronto has struggled of late and will need a big win to get back on track and remain in the wild card hunt.
Here’s how sportsbooks have set the opening Blue Jays-Red Sox odds.
MLB Odds: Blue Jays-Red Sox Odds
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Toronto Blue Jays -1.5 (+120)
Boston Red Sox +1.5 (-140)
Over 10.5 Runs (-105)
Under 10.5 Runs (-115)
Why The Blue Jays Could Cover The Spread
The Toronto Blue Jays have been an incredible offensive team this season and have hovered around mediocrity because of their below-average pitching staff. They have lost five of their last six games to fall to 49-47 on the season. The Blue Jays are now 10.5 games back of Boston in the AL East with little-to-no chance of catching them down the stretch. They are still in contention for the wild card however as they sit just 4.5 games back of Oakland for the second spot entering play. Toronto’s third-ranked offense will have to carry them again on Tuesday night.
Toronto will turn to left-hander Robbie Ray as they look to even the series. Ray has been terrific for Toronto with a 8-5 record and 3.12 ERA through 19 starts. He has fanned an impressive 142 batters through just 112.1 innings of work. Ray has been one of the hottest pitchers in the American League with a 2.57 ERA over his last seven starts to date. He had tossed two-straight shutouts before giving up four runs to the Red Sox on July 21.
Why The Red Sox Could Cover The Spread
The Boston Red Sox continue to win games in all fashions as they pulled off their second-straight comeback victory on Monday night. The great teams are never out of a game and that is what the Red Sox have proven over the past two games. They have now won six of their last seven games to date, improving their record to 62-39 on the season. They are 32-20 with a +0.70 average run differential at Fenway Park. Boston has fared well against Toronto with wins in four of their last five head-to-head matchup’s coming in.
Boston will hand the ball to right-hander Garrett Richards as they look to clinch the series. Richards has been less than impressive with a 6-5 record and 4.99 ERA through 19 starts. The hard-throwing right-hander hasn’t had his usual strikeout production, which has seemed to derail him of late. Richards has an underwhelming 7.24 ERA over his last seven starts coming in. He allowed four earned runs against the Blue Jays in his last start on July 21.
Final Blue Jays-Red Sox Prediction & Pick
I fully expect the Blue Jays to bounce back and even the series on Tuesday night. The disparity is in the pitching matchup as Ray has been one of the best and Richards has been one of the worst in the American League lately. Both teams are highly capable on the offensive end, which leaves the edge on the other side of the ball. The Blue Jays need to get back on track and they have the perfect matchup to do so.
FINAL BLUE JAYS-RED SOX PREDICTION AND PICK: Toronto Blue Jays ML (-123)