VietBet Money Line: Boston +105 Toronto -115
VietBet Run Line: Boston +1.5 (-200) Toronto -1.5 (+165)
Total Line: 9
The Boston Red Sox head north of the border this Monday night for the first of a three-game series against the AL East Division rival Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays’ home opener is slated to get underway at 7:07 p.m. (ET) and the game will be available on MLB.TV.
Once again Boston finds itself in an early hole after dropping three straight games to Detroit to open the 2012 regular season after starting last season the exact same way. It only managed to score two runs in its first two games against the Tigers and was on the wrong end of a 13-12 slugfest in extra innings as a 102 road underdog this past Sunday.
The Red Sox will go with Felix Doubront as their starter in this one. The left-hander earned a spot in the rotation with a 2.70 ERA in four outings this spring. He made three starts in the Majors in 2010 and went 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA.
Toronto needed extra innings to pound-out back-to-back 7-4 victories over Cleveland as a slight road favorite in its first two games, but fell to the Indians 4-3 this past Sunday as a 101 road underdog. Kelly Johnson is off to a good start for the Blue Jays with a home run and two RBI in his first three games. He leads the team in hitting with a .357 batting average.
Right-hander Henderson Alvarez earned the honor of starting in Toronto’s home opener after posting a 3-0 record and 3.00 ERA in five spring training starts. Last season as a rookie, he made 10 starts for the Blue Jays and finished the season 1-3 with an ERA of 3.53.
The Red Sox are 6-21 in their last 27 games overall and 7-21 in their last 28 games against the AL East. The total has gone ‘over’ in 10 of their last 15 games on the road.
The Blue Jays are 6-2 in their last eight games as home favorites and 10-3 in their last 13 games as favorites overall. The total has gone ‘over’ in seven of their last 10 games against a left hand starter.
Boston won 10 of 18 games against the Blue Jays last season but dropped three of its last four games in Toronto. The total went ‘over’ in four of the last five meetings overall. Look for another high scoring game this time around with two young pitchers on the mound, but stick with the Red Sox snap their losing streak at three with a win on the road. The MLB Pick: Boston 6 Toronto 4
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