Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays Matchup

From the Rogers Centre in Toronto, the Red Sox and Blue Jays will face off in an AL East matchup. This one gets started at 7:07 PM ET, and SNET will be televising it. The Red Sox have won two straight and are 37-35, while the Blue Jays are 35-36 and are favored on the money line (-132). The money line odds for a Red Sox win are sitting at +113, and tonight's pitching matchup features Nick Pivetta for Boston and Yusei Kikuchi for the Blue Jays.

The over/under line is currently at 7.5 runs, and the forecast for Monday's game calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-70s. In the standings, the Red Sox are 3rd in the AL East, while the Blue Jays are 4th.

Boston vs. Toronto Matchup At A Glance

  • Teams: Red Sox at Blue Jays
  • Where: Rogers Centre Toronto
  • Date: Monday, June 17th
  • Betting Odds TOR -132 | BOS +113 O/U 7.5

Red Sox Preview

Heading into their last game vs. the Yankees, the Red Sox closed out the series with a 9-3 win. Leading up to the game, they were the slight favorite at +123 on the money line. It was a big 2nd inning that really turned things in their favor, as the Red Sox scored two runs, and the Yankees could only score one run in the top of the first.

Kutter Crawford put together a good start for the Red Sox, going six innings and giving up just three runs on three hits. He also issued only one walk and struck out nine Yankees batters. Boston's offense was carried by Ceddanne Rafaela, who went 3/4 with two RBIs.

After winning the final two games of their series against the Yankees, the Red Sox have a 37-35 overall record and are 3rd in the AL East, 12 games behind the Yankees. As underdogs, Boston has an 18-21 record and is currently on a two-game winning streak. Their games have averaged 8.7 runs per game, with an over/under record of 32-35 for the season.

On the run line, the Red Sox are 20-14 on the road and 34-38 overall. Their games have gone over the total in 32 of 67 games this season, and the O/U line for today's game is 7.5 runs, lower than their season average of 8 runs per game.

Right-hander Nick Pivetta gets the start for the Red Sox today as he faces the Blue Jays on the road. Pivetta has made nine starts this year and has a record of 3-4 with a 3.88 ERA. Looking at his overall numbers, Pivetta has a WHIP of 1.08 and opponents are batting .211 this season. In his last outing, Pivetta finished with a no-decision, giving up four earned runs in four innings of work. Before that, he had won two straight starts. One of his issues this year has been the home run ball, as he has allowed eight homers. Pivetta has a BB/9 figure of 2.53 compared to 10.68 strikeouts per nine innings.

Heading into today's game, the Red Sox offense is averaging 4.6 runs per game, which is 10th in the league. They are also among the league leaders in several key offensive categories, including team batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. Boston's offense has been even better on the road this season, averaging 4.9 runs per contest.

Rafael Devers has been the team's top power threat this season, as his 13 home runs are the best mark on the team and 10th best in the league. Devers is also 2nd on the team with 36 RBIs and is batting .283 for the season. Ceddanne Rafaela has gone 13/34 in his last nine games and is on a five-game hitting streak. For the season, he is batting just .238 but does have seven homers.

Blue Jays Preview

The Blue Jays's offense was hot right out of the gates in their most recent game vs. the Guardians, closing out their series with a 7-6 win. After allowing two runs to the Guardians in the top of the first, the Blue Jays responded with two runs of their own. Toronto went on to add another two runs in the 2nd inning.

Things really started to heat up for the Blue Jays in the 2nd inning, as they scored three more runs to take a 5-2 lead. However, the Guardians tied things up with two runs in the 5th and added another two runs in the 9th to take the lead. The Blue Jays were the -120 favorite at home going into the game.

When favored, the Blue Jays have a 29-18 record, but as underdogs, they are just 6-18. Their run line record is 21-16 on the road and 23-24 as favorites. Toronto's average run margin in wins is 3.1, while in losses, it's -3.9.

The Blue Jays are 35-36 overall and have won two straight games. They are 13.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East and have a 9-10 record in divisional matchups this season.

Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi gets the start for the Blue Jays today as he faces the Red Sox at home. Kikuchi has made 14 starts this season and has a record of 4-5 with a 3.26 ERA. So far, he has turned in seven quality starts and is coming off a game in which he didn't allow a run. In that outing vs. the Brewers, Kikuchi went five innings, picking up the win. Before that, he had given up at least one homer in three straight starts. This season, Kikuchi has allowed a total of seven homers.

So far this season, the Blue Jays offense has been one of the worst in the league, averaging just 3.9 runs per game, which is 24th in the MLB. They are also near the bottom of the league in home runs and team batting average. One thing they have done well is avoid strikeouts, as they have the 2nd fewest strikeouts in the league.

Over his last 10 games, Daulton Varsho has gone 8/30 with one homer and four RBIs. For the season, he is batting just .220, but his 11 homers are the most on the team and 12th in the league. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is hitting .284 for the season and is 3rd on the team with 30 RBIs. However, he has just one homer over his past 10 games.

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Prediction: Blue Jays ML -132

Our pick for today's Red Sox vs. Blue Jays game is to take the Blue Jays on the money line at -132. We see this game finishing with a score of 6-5 in favor of the Blue Jays. With the Blue Jays picking up the win, there isn't a ton of value in the over/under line, but if you're looking for a prediction, we would take the over at 7.5 runs.

Looking at the starting pitchers, we have Yusei Kikuchi finishing with six strikeouts compared to Nick Pivetta at six. However, Kikuchi is projected to go six innings, while Pivetta is projected to go just five. As for the Red Sox, they are projected to finish with nine strikeouts compared to the Blue Jays with eight.

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