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The Boston Red Sox will take on the host Toronto Blue Jays in the second contest of a three-game AL East set. First pitch is slated for 3:07 p.m. ET from Rogers Centre. Coverage will be on each team’s regional sports channel as well as MLB.TV.
This will be a pitching matchup between a pair of righties. Brayan Bello will be the starting pitcher for the Red Sox. Ross Stripling will take the mound for the Blue Jays. Bello is 2-7 with an ERA of 4.39. Stripling has a 9-4 record and his ERA is 3.16.
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The Red Sox are in last place in the AL East. The Red Sox have a run differential of -40. The Red Sox are 3-2 in their last five games heading into the series. The Red Sox are coming off sweeping three games from the visiting Baltimore Orioles.
Coming into the series, the Blue Jays are second in the AL East and 1.5 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners for the top Wild Card spot. The Blue Jays have a run differential of +67. The Blue Jays are 3-2 in their last five contests prior to the series. The Blue Jays dropped two out of three from the AL East best New York Yankees in their last set.
Bello has allowed 65 hits, one home run, and 25 walks along with throwing 51 strikeouts in 53.1 innings. The Red Sox are 2-3 in Bello’s last five appearances. In Bello’s last outing vs. the Yankees on Sept. 25, he gave up one earned run and six hits in a complete-game six inning effort.
Stripling has given up 113 hits, 12 home runs, and 20 walks while also tossing 108 strikeouts in 128.1 innings. The Blue Jays are 5-0 in Stripling’s last five games. In Stripling’s last contest vs. the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept. 25, he allowed one earned run and six hits in five innings.
Prior to the series, the Red Sox ranked second in batting average (.259), sixth in on-base percentage (.323), eighth in slugging percentage (.412), 10th in RBI (686), and 20th in home runs (151). Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is tops for the Red Sox in batting average (.309), on-base percentage (.380), and hits (168). Third baseman Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox in home runs (27) and RBI (87). Left fielder Alex Verdugo has 164 hits and 74 RBI, both second on the Red Sox.
Before the series, the Blue Jays ranked first in batting average (.260), third in on-base percentage (.326) ,fourth in slugging percentage (.427) and RBI (719) and ninth in home runs (190). Catcher Alejandro Kirk is tops for the Blue Jays in on-base percentage (.376). First baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has the team high in home runs (30) and RBI (93). Shortstop Bo Bichette leads the Blue Jays in hits (181). Left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has a team-high .291 batting average and 52 RBI.
The Blue Jays swept a three-game set in Boston from Aug. 23-25 in the last series between the rivals.
The Blue Jays are favored by 1.5 runs against the Red Sox. For the money line, it’s Red Sox +125 and Blue Jays -145. The over/under is set for 8.5 runs.
Before the series, the Red Sox were 81-74-1 against the spread overall and 41-37 against the spread on the road. For over/under, the Red Sox are 72-76-8 overall and 34-38-6 on the road.
Prior to the set, the Blue Jays were 68-86-2 against the spread overall and 29-47-2 against the spread at home. In terms of over/under, the Blue Jays are 79-73-4 overall and 39-36-3 at home.
The Red Sox will scrap to cover the spread but the Blue Jays will prevail to maintain their Wild Card hold.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.