Free Picks: Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Red Sox vs Blue Jays Week 17
Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays, MLB, Sahlen Park

Boston are the current kings of the American League East. The Red Sox (57-38) sit atop the division, while the Blue Jays (48-43, 7GB) aim to knock Boston down a peg. Garrett Richards (5-5, 4.91 ERA) starts for Boston, while Toronto is expected to name Thomas Hatch (0-0) starting pitcher Tuesday night.

Can Toronto respond after Monday's thumping?

The Red Sox and Blue Jays are separated by only 7 games in the American League East, but Monday night, the Red Sox showed why they are current kings of the division. 

On the road, Boston were able to drop Toronto, 13-4. In the win, Boston tallied 13 runs on 14 hits as J.D. Martinez picked up 4 hits in the win, while Hunter Renfroe brought in 4 RBIs.  

But for the Blue Jays, it’s another day as Tuesday is an opportunity to prove their worth against one of the league’s best. Coming into this game, the Blue Jays are 5-5 in their last 10 and own a 22-21 record at home. 

While the Red Sox have had Toronto’s number this season, I think the Blue Jays Moneyline will be one of your best bets for today. 

Toronto is one of the highest-scoring teams when playing at home this season. The Blue Jays have mustered 252 runs in only 43 games. Toronto’s ability to bounce back after a loss should be noted as well. 

The Blue Jays have scored 227 runs following a loss, which means they are able to shake the L’s quickly and get back to work.  

Garrett Richards gets the start for the visiting Red Sox and has a high ERA this season. This is noteworthy because of Toronto’s power from their 1-4 hitters. Richards is 5-5 with a 4.91 ERA and throughout his career, Richards has allowed the Blue Jays to have a .309 batting average against him – the third-highest against all MLB teams and the highest batting average against teams with 10 or more games played. 

We’re still waiting to hear who will start for Toronto, but it looks like Thomas Hatch will be on the bump. Hatch has not pitched in the Majors this season, but in 2020 he sported a 3-1 record and 2.73 ERA. 

Boston’s numbers on the road are decent, but nothing to necessarily boast about. They are good, but they aren’t menacing on the road, statistically. 

Toronto’s ability to bounce back after a loss is the reason I think they can take this victory. For this MLB prediction, let’s wager on the Toronto Moneyline.

Stats

  • Atlanta is 4-6 on the money line in its past 10
  • The OVER has cashed in six of the Braves’ past 10 games
  • Tampa is 5-5 on the money line in its past 10
  • The UNDER has cashed in five of the Rays’s past nine games

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