The Boston Red Sox kick off a seven-game road trip on Friday when they play the first of three against the Toronto Blue Jays as +125 betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Boston is coming off a successful homestand, winning four of six to maintain its lead atop the AL East ahead of Friday’s Red Sox vs. Blue Jays betting matchup at Rogers Centre.
The Red Sox, winners of their past five series at Fenway Park, stayed hot offensively during the recent homestand, adding to their MLB-leading run total with 36 runs scored over the past six games, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
Boston also has found ways to win in recent trips north of the border, taking two of three in an early April series, improving to 8-3 in their past 11 meetings while averaging 5.7 runs per game in their past seven clashes in Toronto.
The Red Sox have encountered some recent struggles on the road, going 2-4 in their past six, but maintain a respectable 11-8 record away from Fenway Park this season.
The Blue Jays return home on a winning note after wrapping up a seven-game road trip with an important 3-1 win at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. The club has struggled throughout May, tumbling into the AL East basement following a recent five-game losing skid.
But with a pair of wins in the Bronx, the Blue Jays have now slipped past the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays into third place in the division, just six games back of the Red Sox.
While the Jays remain very much in the hunt to repeat as AL East division champs, they haven’t produced the offensive onslaughts that were their hallmark in 2015.
Toronto led the majors in most offensive statistical categories a year ago but is averaging just 3.6 runs per game over its past 10 games and ranks 28th in the league with a .216 team average with runners in scoring position.
Despite such low production, the run total has managed to finish OVER in seven of the Blue Jays’ past 12, with the club surrendering an average of 5.5 runs per game during that stretch.
The Blue Jays’ power outage has also chilled their World Series odds, which now sit at 20/1 after opening at 10/1, while the Red Sox have seen their World Series odds climb to 9/1.
Joe Kelly will try to build on a 6 1/3-inning, one-hit performance against the Indians last weekend when he gets the call on Friday night for Boston, while Aaron Sanchez takes the hill for Toronto gunning for a fourth win in as many starts for the Blue Jays.
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