Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 9, 2019, 2:05 PM (EDT)|
Boston Red Sox -220 / Toronto Blue Jays +201
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox meet in game one of a mini two game AL East division set on Tuesday afternoon from Fenway Park.
The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to rebound after losing 4 straight and 7 of their last 8 games following a 3-1 loss to Cleveland in the finale of their four game set on Sunday. Danny Jansen accounted for the lone Toronto RBI while Freddy Galvis and Billy McKinney each had a double to round out Toronto’s offense in the losing effort as the Blue Jays mustered up just three hits as a team in the defeat. Marcus Stroman took the loss, falling to 0-2 after allowing all three runs on six hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Matt Shoemaker will start game one and is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. In his career, Shoemaker is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Boston.
The Boston Red Sox will look to build up some steam after a 1-0 win over Arizona in their series finale on Sunday, avoiding the sweep in the process. Mitch Moreland’s solo home run was the lone run in the game while Andrew Benintendi went 2 for 4 at the dish and Zander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had a base hit as well as Boston mustered up just five hits as a team in the winning effort. Hector Velazquez went three innings in the start, not factoring in the decision while Marcus Walden picked up the win to improve to 1-0 while Ryan Brasier picked up his 2nd save of the year. Chris Sale will start game one and is 0-2 with a 8.00 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sale is 7-3 with a 2.28 ERA and 101 strikeouts against Toronto.
Toronto is 0-4 in their last 4 games overall and 5-22 in their last 27 road games against a left-handed starter while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games. Boston is 6-1 in Sale’s last 7 division starts and 2-7 in their last 9 games overall while the over is 9-2-2 in their last 13 home games. Toronto is 9-27 in the last 36 meetings between these two teams and 1-10 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams in Boston.
Sale bounced back and buckled down against Oakland, allowing one run in six innings of work, but the reality is that Sale got no run support in taking the loss and the Red Sox haven’t been that good at keeping runs off of the board lately. Sale is the more nameworthy pitcher, but Shoemaker has proven to be the best starter in Toronto’s rotation in the early going, throwing back-to-back seven inning shutout performances, and being responsible for two of Toronto’s three wins on the season. I just haven’t seen enough to warrant Boston being this big of a favorite, so I’ll take a stab with Toronto and the plus money on Tuesday.