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|BOSTON RED SOX||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|9-6, 3rd in American League East||April 20, 12:37 PM | Turf of Rogers Centre||3-11, 5th in American League East|
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
TV: 12:37 p.m. ET, MLB Network, NESN (Boston), Sportsnet (Toronto)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Chris Sale (1-1, 1.25 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Marco Estrada (0-1, 3.50)
|Team / Live in game Betting at||Spread||Money Line||Total|
|Boston Red Sox [C. Sale -L]||-1½ -105||-164||Ov 7½ +105|
|Toronto Blue Jays [M. Estrada -R]||+1½ -115||+154||Un 7½ -125|
The Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Rogers Centre.
The Red Sox will trot Chris Sale out to the mound in this one. Left hander Sale has a 1-1 record and a 1.25 ERA this season.
Sale’s opponent in this one will be Marco Estrada. The Blue Jays right hander has a 3.50 ERA to go along with a 0-1 record this season.
Sale is coming off another overpowering performance, striking out 12 while allowing one run on three hits over seven innings against Tampa Bay to earn his first win with Boston. A 17-game winner with Chicago in 2016, Sale has fanned 29 while yielding only three runs and 11 hits over 21 2/3 innings. The 28-year-old has made eight appearances (five starts) against Toronto, logging a 4-2 record and 2.25 ERA, but Steve Pearce is 4-for-12 against him.
Estrada bounced back from a rocky outing at Tampa Bay with a stellar effort last time out against Baltimore, permitting four hits over seven scoreless innings while striking out eight in a no-decision. The 33-year-old Mexican coughed up three homers over five innings in his previous turn and pitched six innings of two-run ball in his season debut. Estrada made five starts against Boston in 2016, going 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA.
Four of the five starters in the rotation for the Boston Red Sox are carrying ERAs over 5.00 through their first few turns of the young season with the lone exception being their prized acquisition in the offseason. Left-hander Chris Sale will make his fourth start when the Red Sox wrap up a three-game series at the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon.
Sale was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in a blockbuster trade in December and has lived up to the hype with Boston, which was blanked by Toronto 3-0 on Wednesday to snap its four-game winning streak. The 6-6 Sale easily could have won all three of his outings, but the Red Sox have provided him with a paltry six runs of offensive support. The Blue Jays own the worst record in the majors at 3-11 but have a chance to post back-to-back victories for the first time and earn their first series win of the season. Center fielder Kevin Pillar is riding a seven-game hitting streak after recording his second consecutive three-hit performance.
Team record: 9-6 SU
Boston is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Boston’s last 23 games
Team record: 3-11 SU
Toronto is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
Toronto is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Toronto’s last 19 games
Boston at Baltimore Friday, April 21
Toronto at Los Angeles Friday, April 21
1. Red Sox RF Mookie Betts’ streak of 129 plate appearances without a strikeout ended in the fourth inning Wednesday.
2. Blue Jays LF Ezequiel Carrera has a homer and three RBIs in the series to extend his hitting streak to four games.
3. Red Sox rookie OF Andrew Benintendi has hit safely in four straight, going 9-for-17.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
|BOSTON RED SOX|
|Ryan Hannigan||C||15-Day Disabled List|
|Josh Rutledge||2B||15-Day Disabled List|
|Pablo Sandoval||3B||15-Day Disabled List|
|Carson Smith||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Blake Swihart||C||15-Day Disabled List|
|Brandon Workman||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Koji Uehara||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Andrew Benintendi||OF||15-Day Disabled List|
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Gavin Floyd||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|BOSTON RED SOX|
|The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Boston’s last 23 games|
|Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Boston’s last 18 games on the road|
|Boston is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing Toronto|
|Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto|
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Toronto is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Toronto’s last 19 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Toronto’s last 16 games at home|
|Toronto is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games when playing Boston|
|Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston|
|Boston’s Overall Scoring vs Toronto’s Overall Defense||4.3||7||4.4||9|
|Boston’s Away Scoring vs Toronto’s Home Defense||3.7||10||4.3||11|
|Boston’s Road ERA vs Toronto’s Home ERA Allowed||4.1||4||2.7||14|
|Toronto’s Overall Scoring vs Boston’s Overall Defense||3.1||14||4.3||8|
|Toronto’s Home Scoring vs Boston’s Road Defense||3.0||14||4.5||8|
|Toronto’s Home ERA vs Boston’s Road ERA Allowed||4.3||12||3.5||8|
|TOP 3/BOTTOM 3|
|Red Sox are the highest scoring team in the league at 5.3 runs per game.|
|Red Sox have the second best hits stat in the league at 9.7 per game.|
|Red Sox are second in the league in free passes at 3.6 per game.|
|Blue Jays have allowed the third most runs in the league at 4.7 runs per game.|