Toronto Blue Jays (19-16) at Boston Red Sox (12-24)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Fenway Park)
Taijuan Walker (3-2) (3.27) vs. Martin Perez (2-4) (4.58)
The Line: Boston Red Sox +110 / Toronto Blue Jays -130 --- Over/Under: 10.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox meet in an AL East division matchup in MLB action from Fenway Park on Thursday.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to build on a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins in their last outing. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. led the way by going 2 for 3 with a two-run home run while Travis Shaw had a double and Jonathan Villar went 2 for 4 against his former team. Rowdy Tellez and Teoscar Hernandez each had a base hit as well to finish off Toronto’s offense as a team in the win. Hyun-Jin Ryu got the win to improve to 3-1 after allowing one run on five hits while striking out eight over six innings of work. Anthony Bass closed out the 9th for his 4th save of the season. Taijuan Walker will start for Toronto here and is 3-2 with a 3.27 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Walker’s second career start against Boston.
The Boston Red Sox will try to bounce back from a 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves last time out. J.D. Martinez went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs while Jackie Bradley Jr. had a solo home run and Rafael Devers went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI as well. Michael Chavis chipped in an RBI to finish off Boston’s scoring while Alex Verdugo added a pair of hits including a double to finish off the Red Sox offense in the losing effort. Andrew Triggs took the loss in relief after allowing three runs in three innings to fall to 0-1 this season. Martin Perez will start here and is 2-4 with a 4.58 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. In his career, Perez is 2-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 26 strikeouts against Toronto.
Toronto is 6-1 in their last 7 games as a road favorite and 8-3 in their last 11 games following a win while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games overall. Boston is 8-21 in their last 29 home games and 3-8 in their last 11 series opening games while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. The under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
Walker looked solid in his first start for Toronto, throwing six shutout innings and those were at Sahlen Field where runs have been scored like they’re going out of style. On the other hand, Boston’s had some scoring issues here and there and Perez has been serviceable at times, so I’ll side with the under as my free pick for this game, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.