Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox: Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Apr 18, 2022

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays, 2022

It’s the second road series of the young season for Toronto, which split four early last week at Yankee Stadium. Boston was 10-9 against the Blue Jays last season, and they split 10 at historic Fenway Park.

Toronto
40-31
AT
April 19, 2022, 7:10 PM ET
Fenway Park
Boston
40-31
Runline +1.5 -175
Moneyline +100
Over / Under o +9.5

80%

Betting Action

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Runline -1.5 +145
Moneyline -120
Over / Under u +9.5

80%

Betting Action

20%

Toronto makes its first visit of the season to the AL East-rival Boston Red Sox on Tuesday as the clubs open a three-game set with the Sox as -140 favourites on the MLB odds for the opener.

Betting Analysis

It’s the second road series of the young season for Toronto, which split four early last week at Yankee Stadium. Boston was 10-9 against the Blue Jays last season, and they split 10 at historic Fenway Park.

Sox backup catcher Kevin Plawecki but might have started multiple games in this series considering he hit .458 in 24 at-bats vs. Blue Jays pitching last year. However, Plawecki landed on the COVID list Monday after testing positive even though he’s vaccinated.

Alex Verdugo batted .344 with three homers and nine RBIs last year vs. Toronto, Rafael Devers .328 with three homers and seven RBIs, JD Martinez .319 with three homers and nine RBIs, and Bobby Dalbec .306 with three dingers and nine knocked in. Enrique Hernandez had four homers and 12 RBIs but hit .234. He’s batting just .163 this year.

Vladimir Guerrero terrorized Boston pitching in hitting .375 with seven homers and 18 RBIs. Bo Bichette batted .361 with four homers and 14 RBIs, and Teoscar Hernandez hit .338 with three homers and 20 RBIs, but he’s currently on the injured list.

Toronto Blue Jays

After taking two of three over the weekend at home vs. Oakland, the Jays are 2-0-1 in series play so far. Jordan Romano got the save Sunday, his MLB-best sixth. He has converted 29 consecutive save opportunities dating to last season, the longest streak in franchise history (was Tom Henke at 25 straight in 1991) and the longest active streak in the majors.

Vladimir Guerrero was 0-for-8 in the final two games of the Oakland series and is batting .289 with five homers and 10 RBIs. The Jays start free-agent acquisition and lefty Yusei Kikuchi here (0-1, 5.40). His Blue Jays debut wasn’t great, allowing three runs and five hits in a loss last Tuesday at the Yankees. In his lone 2021 start vs. Boston while with Seattle, he allowed five runs in 4.2 innings of a loss. Xander Bogaerts hits him well, going 3-for-6 with two homers. JD Martinez also has two dingers. The Jays are 7-2 in their past nine as road underdogs.

Boston Red Sox

While the Blue Jays were off Monday, the Sox had to play with an 11:10 a.m. ET first pitch on Patriots’ Day in Boston against the Twins, who won 8-3 to split the four-game set. The Red Sox are in a stretch during which they are scheduled to play a game on 17 consecutive days. The team’s big off-season acquisition, former Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Trevor Story, didn’t start Monday but should be back in there Tuesday. He plays second base for Boston, which has an excellent shortstop in Xander Bogaerts. He has an opt-out of his contract after this season and is going to take it.

The Sox couldn’t agree with him on a new long-term deal before this one started. Boston’s ace these days is hard-throwing right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 4.50). It’s his 2022 Fenway debut. Eovaldi has great control as he has issued two or fewer walks in his last 21 regular-season starts. Last year, he was fourth in the AL Cy Young voting but 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA in two starts vs. Toronto. Bo Bichette is 5-for-12 off him with a homer. George Springer just 1-for-12. Boston is 7-3 in its past 10 after a loss.

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