Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays odds, picks and prediction


The Toronto Blue Jays (23-18) continue their homestand Thursday with the finale of a three-game series against the AL East rival Boston Red Sox (26-18). First pitch at Toronto’s temporary home of TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., will be at 7:37 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook‘s lines around the Red Sox vs. Blue Jays odds with MLB picks and predictions.

Red Sox RHP Nick Pivetta (5-0, 3.16 ERA) will make his ninth start of the season. The fifth-year vet is enjoying a career season, his second with the Red Sox. He has an 8.9 K/9 but a high 4.6 BB/9.

  • Just 3 HR allowed through 42 2/3 IP despite a 28.0% fly-ball rate and 40.2% hard-hit rate
  • Completed at least 5 innings in all but 1 outings this season; pitched 6 innings of 2-run ball with no walks and 7 K against the Los Angeles Angels Friday

Blue Jays LHP Steven Matz (5-2, 4.29 ERA) enters his ninth start of the season with a 1.29 WHIP, 9.9 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9. A strong start to the season was followed by 3 shaky outings before tossing 5 scoreless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday.

  • Season-high 106 pitches last time out with 65 strikes and 9 K against 3 BB
  • 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA through 3 starts at TD Ballpark

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Red Sox at Blue Jays odds, lines, picks and prediction

MLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Odds last updated at 10:33 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Red Sox +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Blue Jays -135 (bet $135 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Red Sox +1.5 (-165) |  Blue Jays -1.5 (+135)
  • Over/Under: 10 (O: -105 | U: -115)

Prediction

Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5

Money line (ML)

The RED SOX (+110) offense bounced back Wednesday and has another favorable matchup against Matz, despite his strong performance last time out. Boston is sixth in MLB with a .772 team OPS against left-handed pitching and the injury-ravaged Jays bullpen was forced to go 5 1/3 innings Wednesday.

Take the BoSox as short underdogs coming off a win.

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Run line/Against the spread (ATS)

PASS on the expensive -165 number for a single run of insurance for the Red Sox.

There were 18 runs scored in the first two games of this series and both teams are averaging over 5 runs per game with 4 or more runs allowed.

Over/Under (O/U)

Bet the OVER 10 (-105).

The Blue Jays are hitting .306/.366/.495 as a team over their last eight games and the Red Sox are hitting .293/.329/.553 over their last six.

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