The Boston Red Sox will look to increase their lead atop the American League East standings Tuesday night when they take on the division-rival Baltimore Orioles as -155 betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Boston rocketed to the top of the AL East standings with wins in eight of its past 11 games, moving past the slumping Toronto Blue Jays by two games heading into Tuesday night’s Orioles vs. Red Sox betting matchup at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox also eclipsed Toronto on the MLB futures at the sportsbooks, climbing to a +400 bet to win the American League pennant and to +800 to win the World Series, while the Blue Jays have slipped to +550 and +1000, respectively.
Boston did itself a big favor Monday, handing the Orioles a lopsided 12-2 loss that dropped Baltimore three games back in the AL East race.
The victory continues the club’s recent offensive explosion, with Boston tallying seven or more runs in eight of its past 14 games. The Red Sox also reached double digits while taking two of three from the Blue Jays over the weekend, and have seen the run total play OVER in nine of their past 13 outings according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
The Red Sox have now won four of their past five games against Baltimore, and 11 of 17, and can do serious damage to the Orioles’ playoff hopes with a series sweep.
However, despite Boston’s hot bats and advantageous position atop the AL East standings, a playoff position is far from assured. Each of the club’s final 19 regular-season contests come against division rivals, including a four-game return engagement next week in Baltimore and a three-game road series against the New York Yankees.
Boston has compiled a 31-26 record against AL East opponents and has posted at least two wins in each of their last four road series against division rivals.
But with the AL East quickly reclaiming its reputation as the toughest and tightest division in baseball, the battle for first place might not be decided until Boston’s final series of the season, when they host the Blue Jays.
The Red Sox and Blue Jays have engaged in a see-saw battle this season, with each club posting seven wins in 14 contests. Boston has won a pair of series against Toronto at the Rogers Centre this season, but the Blue Jays have held the upper hand in contests at Fenway Park, winning four of five since dropping a pair in Boston in mid-April.
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