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The Toronto Blue Jays will take on the host Boston Red Sox in an AL East battle on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 4:10 p.m. ET from Fenway Park. Coverage will be on each team’s regional sports channel as well as MLB.TV.
This is the second game of the three-contest set. It’ll be a matchup between a pair of right-handed pitchers. Alex Manoah will take the mound for the Blue Jays. Kutter Crawford is the starting pitcher for the Red Sox. Manoah is 10-4 with an ERA of 2.28. Crawford has a 2-2 mark and his ERA is 4.50.
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Prior to the action on July 22, the Blue Jays were third and the Red Sox were fourth respectively in the AL East. Both the Blue Jays and Red Sox were 13.5 games behind the division leading New York Yankees.
Before July 22, the Blue Jays were 4-1 in their last five outings. The Blue Jays most recently took three out of four from the visiting Kansas City Royals.
Leading up to the game on July 22, the Red Sox were 1-4 in their last five contests. The Red Sox dropped two out of three from the archrival Yankees from July 15-17. The Red Sox were smashed 27-3 in the final two games of the set.
Manoah has allowed 85 hits, 10 home runs, and 25 walks along with 103 strikeouts in 114.2 innings. The Blue Jays are 2-3 in Manoah’s last five contests. Crawford has given up 34 hits, five home runs and 15 walks in addition to 44 strikeouts in 36 innings. The Red Sox are 3-2 in Crawford's last five appearances.
Heading into the July 22 game, the Blue Jays ranked second in batting average (.262), third in on-base percentage (.326), fourth in slugging percentage (.433), and sixth in RBI (415) and home runs (119). Catcher Alejandro Kirk leads the Blue Jays in batting average (.315) and on-base percentage (.395). First baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is tops in home runs (20) and RBI (57). Shortstop Bo Bichette has a team-best 99 hits.
Prior to the July 22 contest, the Red Sox ranked fourth in batting average (.256), eighth in slugging percentage (.410), ninth in RBI (409), 12th in on-base percentage (.318) and 18th in home runs (91). Third baseman Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox in batting average (.324), home runs (22), and hits (112). Second baseman Trevor Story is tops with 58 RBI. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts has a team-best .389 on-base percentage.
The Blue Jays are favored by -125 on the money line vs. the Red Sox. The over/under is set for 9.5 runs.
Before the July 22 game, the Blue Jays were 40-53 against the spread overall and 21-23 against the spread on the road. For over/under, the Blue Jays were 49-42-2 overall and 22-21-1 on the road.
Leading up to the July 22 contest, the Red Sox were 51-42 against the spread overall and 22-21 against the spread at home. In terms of over/under, the Red Sox were 41-46-6 overall and 20-21-2 at home.
Anchored by an offensive eruption, the Blue Jays will head into the series finale with a victory.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.