The Boston Red Sox will look to continue their winning ways against Toronto when they welcome the Blue Jays to town on Friday for the first game of a four-game series between the American League East division rivals.
Boston closed out a three-game series against Baltimore on Wednesday night, posting a 4-2 win over the Orioles and rewarding bettors with its first victory of the season as betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Red Sox were betting underdogs in a pair of come-from-behind road victories over the Blue Jays last weekend, improving to 9-4 in their past 13 games against Toronto, but struggled in their home-opening series at Fenway Park, surrendering 18 total runs in a pair of losses to Baltimore before rebounding in the series finale.
While the Red Sox are idle Thursday, the Blue Jays close out their first homestand of the season with a contest against the New York Yankees.
Toronto has struggled in the early going, and takes a 4-5 record into Thursday night’s Yankees vs. Blue Jays betting matchup at Rogers Centre, picking up just two wins since opening its campaign with a pair of 5-3 road victories over the Tampa Bay Rays.
After leading the majors with 891 runs scored a year ago, Blue Jays hitters have been inconsistent at the plate so far, being held to three or fewer runs in four of their first nine contests, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
However, the Blue Jays’ recent scoring drought has not impacted Josh Donaldson, with the reigning AL MVP recording hits in each of Toronto’s nine outings, including four home runs and a whopping 25 total bases.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, have been getting offensive production throughout their lineup and have averaged 5.5 runs per game in the early going, led by David Ortiz’s nine RBIs.
Red Sox hurler Rick Porcello is expected to face Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Friday for the second time in a week. Porcello worked six innings in Toronto on Saturday, earning the decision in an 8-4 win to move to 3-2 in his last five starts against the Blue Jays, while Dickey allowed six earned runs to take the loss. He has not earned a win against Boston since September 2014.
Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright is once again expected to face Marco Estrada on Saturday, while David Price will face his former teammates for the first time, battling Aaron Sanchez in Sunday’s series finale.
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