A pair of former Cy Young Award winners will duel Friday when the Boston Red Sox open a three-game series against the surging Toronto Blue Jays as -177 betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
David Price will face his former teammates for the third time this season in Friday night’s Blue Jays vs. Red Sox betting matchup at Fenway Park. With a 7-1 record, Price has played an important role in Boston’s rise to the top spot in the American League East.
The southpaw surrendered just two earned runs in seven innings of work against the Blue Jays in a mid-April win at Fenway, but he failed to get the decision in a 5-3 victory that averted a sweep at Rogers Centre this past Sunday.
Toronto took two of three from the Red Sox last weekend, part of a current 10-3 run that has featured four straight series wins and the Blue Jays’ first sweep of the season.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey takes the hill Friday as the Blue Jays look to further close in on Boston in the AL East standings. Boston now sits only one game up on the second-place Baltimore Orioles and 3 1/2 games up on third-place Toronto in the division.
With a disappointing 2-6 record in 2016, Dickey avoided the decision in last Sunday’s losing matchup with Price, but the right-hander has logged at least six innings in seven of his last eight starts.
The Red Sox return home after wrapping up a seven-game road trip with a 12-7 loss to the Orioles on Thursday. Boston is 3-5 over its last eight games.
The Red Sox continue to lead the majors in run production, averaging six runs per game this season, but Boston also has seen opponents run up the score in recent outings. Boston gave up 25 total runs in its last two games in Baltimore, including a whopping seven home runs Thursday night. The Sox have allowed at least seven runs in five of their last eight outings.
That is worrisome news as the Blue Jays roll into town just as their bats are coming to life, scoring 46 runs over their last eight games.
The Red Sox are a mere 1-4 in their past five games against Toronto, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, and have also produced mixed results in recent home dates with their rivals, going 4-3 in their past seven meetings at Fenway Park.
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