Public Betting: Red Sox at Blue Jays Spread, Trends & Matchups Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Saturday, 05 April 2008 21:04
MLB Headline News

Becket to Start For Sox

Josh Beckett's first start of 2008 will still take place in a foreign country - it will just happen about two weeks later and 6,000 miles closer to home than the Boston Red Sox originally thought.

If he can stop the Toronto Blue Jays' offense, it will have been well worth Boston's wait.

Beckett will return from the disabled list to make his first start of 2008 on Sunday as he tries to help the Red Sox avoid a three-game sweep in Toronto.

Oddsmakers from Sportsbook.com have made Boston -110 money line favorites (MLB Odds) for tonight's game, the over/under has been set at 8 total runs (Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 80% of bets for this game have been placed on Boston -110 (View MLB Bet Percentages).

The 2007 AL Cy Young runner-up, Beckett (20-7, 3.27 ERA) was expected to be on the mound in the 2008 season opener in Japan for Boston (3-3) on March 25. Back spasms in spring training, though, landed him on the disabled list.

Beckett's start against the Blue Jays will be his first in a game that counts since he beat Colorado in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series, his final performance of a postseason in which he went 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA in helping the Red Sox win their second championship in four years.

Beckett was 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA last season in three starts against Toronto.

"He's all set," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told the team's official Web site. "He did his side in Florida. ... He did his stuff all there, felt good and he's good to go."

When he rejoined Boston on its trip to Toronto on Friday, Beckett had a different story, claiming his hip - not his back - kept him from stepping onto the mound in the team's first six games.

Even without Beckett, the Red Sox have gotten decent early work from their starters, who have a 3.54 ERA in 33 1-3 innings pitched. But Boston's bullpen has been a disaster against the Blue Jays (3-2), allowing nine runs in five innings in the first two games of this series.

Red Sox relievers gave up six runs in the eighth inning on Saturday as Toronto won 10-2. It was the fifth straight home victory for the Blue Jays over the Red Sox.

"At the beginning of the year, I think we're all struggling," Francona said, "especially when we get into games in the bullpen in the fifth or sixth to find roles, trying to get guys crisp, trying to find guys work."

Meanwhile, Toronto's bullpen has been outstanding, allowing just one run in 12 innings through the season's first five games.

The Blue Jays will counter Beckett with their own ace in Roy Halladay (0-1, 3.86). The right-hander pitched effectively in his season debut, giving up three earned runs in seven innings at New York on Tuesday, but was saddled with a 3-2 loss.

Unlike many of the Blue Jays, Halladay struggled against Boston in 2007, going 1-3 with a 5.94 ERA in five starts.

Boston slugger David Ortiz, who is batting .292 (21-for-72) with five home runs and 19 RBIs in his career against Halladay, will try once again to jump-start his 2008 season. He's hitting .091 (2-for-22) with two RBIs through six games.

Here are some top trends for today's game:

-TORONTO is 2-0 (+2.2 Units) against BOSTON this season

-1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL this season . (Over=+1.0 Units)

-HALLADAY is 76-34 (+25.5 Units) against the money line in home games since 1997. (Team's Record)

-BECKETT is 41-19 (+20.7 Units) against the money line when the total is 8 to 8.5 since 1997. (Team's Record)

-BECKETT is 17-3 (+13.3 Units) against the money line in day games over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)

by: Dave Michaels - thespread.com – Email Us

More MLB Baseball coverage from theSpread.com

 - MLB news wire
 - Current MLB Injuries
 - 2007 MLB standings
 - 2007 MLB schedule
 - 2007 MLB Umpire sheet
 - 2007 MLB stats
 - MLB scoreboard
 - Expert MLB picks
 - Accuscore predictions
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for theSpread.com daily newsletter
 - MLB home

 

MLB Team Pages

Top MLB Public Bets

#1 906 Chicago Cubs 93%
#2 908 Washington Nationals 84%
#3 910 Los Angeles Dodgers 81%
#4 914 Detroit Tigers 80%
#5 918 Toronto Blue Jays 79%
#6 903 St Louis Cardinals 79%
#7 916 Tampa Bay Rays 74%
#8 921 Oakland Athletics 72%
#9 912 Cleveland Indians 68%
#10 920 Boston Red Sox 60%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

MLB Futures

MLB TEAM WORLD SERIES ODDS CURRENT
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 13/2
DETROIT TIGERS 17/2
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 17/2
ST LOUIS CARDINALS 9/1
NEW YORK YANKEES 12/1
OAKLAND ATHLETICS 12/1
BOSTON RED SOX 14/1
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 14/1
TAMPA BAY RAYS 14/1
ATLANTA BRAVES 16/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com