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The Toronto Blue Jays are retaining betting value as they look to extend a trend of starting each new series off on a winning note.
The Blue Jays are -125 home favourites with the Boston Red Sox stacking up as a +105 underdog with an 11-run total on the MLB odds for Tuesday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Toronto is 5-0 in its last five series-opening games, while Boston is on an 0-4 run over its last four games as a road underdog. The OVER has hit in five of the Blue Jays’ seven home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, with an average total of 12.
Centerfielder Randal Grichuk, whose .923 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging) is second on the Blue Jays, has an injury concern after being lifted from Monday’s 6-4 win at Tampa Bay due to lower back tightness. Overall, the Blue Jays offence is averaging 4.56 runs per game, ranking 22nd out 30 MLB teams in on-base percentage (.311) and eighth in slugging (.445). The Red Sox are averaging 4.59 runs while ranking 19th in OBP (.319) and 13th in slugging (.425).
On the mound, there is a full two-run difference between the Blue Jays’ seventh-best 3.89 team earned-run average and the Red Sox’s 29th-ranked 5.89 ERA. But Toronto’s bullpen, which has to cover nearly five innings per game, could be further put under strain due to the absence of three starting pitchers.
Righthander Chase Anderson (0-0, 2.79 ERA, 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings) will start opposite lefthander Kyle Hart (0-0, 11.12 ERA, 14.3 SO/9) in Tuesday’s matchup. Anderson has yet to reach the fifth inning this season, but the total has gone UNDER in three of his starts this season at online betting sites. Hart has averaged more than one walk per inning in each of his first two starts. The Blue Jays’ offence is 13th in OPS against lefthanders (.780).
Toronto has left the starting slot for Wednesday open amid injuries to starters Nate Pearson, Matt Shoemaker and Trent Thornton, which could signify a bullpen day. Boston will start righthander Nathan Eovaldi (2-2, 4.98 ERA, 8.7 SO/9). Eovaldi has a 4.26 ERA in 38 career innings against Toronto while allowing batters a .245/.316/.483 slash line.
The Blue Jays’ ace lefthander Hyun Jin Ryu (2-1, 3.19 ERA, 9.6 SO/9) will likely start on Thursday, while the Red Sox have not named a starting pitcher. Ryu, who has a 1.27 ERA across his last four starts with 4.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio, is taking on an opponent that is 15th in OPS (.774) against lefties.
The Blue Jays complete their August schedule with a four-game home series against the Baltimore Orioles, then play a two-game away set against the Miami Marlins.