Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Saturday Pick
The Toronto Blue Jays are off to a good start in their series with the Boston Red Sox, as they took Game 1 on Friday night. Will the Blue Jays make it two in a row against their American League East rivals when the two teams play again at 4:07 p.m. ET on Saturday?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, May 12, 2018
4:07 p.m. ET, Rogers Centre
TV: BOS (NESN); TOR (SNET)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Red Sox as a -129 favorite. As of this writing, 60% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Red Sox to beat the Blue Jays on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Red Sox' Price dealing with injury
David Price (hand) said he expects to return to the Red Sox rotation Saturday at Toronto. Price was scratched from his last turn Wednesday against the Yankees due to carpal tunnel syndrome, but he got treatment (ice and acupuncture) and threw a successful 40-pitch bullpen session on Thursday afternoon in New York. The 32-year-old left-hander has a brutal 8.47 ERA over his last three outings and a 5.11 ERA in 37 total innings this season, but maybe he can get back on track now that he knows the source of the recurring numbness in his pitching hand.
Blue Jays' Estrada blanks Rays over six innings
Marco Estrada fired six shutout innings but earned a no decision in the Blue Jays 2-1 victory over the Rays on Sunday. Estrada did have his usual fits of control issues with four walks, but he was able to make the key pitch to get out of the inning, and he struck out three. The six shutout innings lower his ERA to 5.21 on the season. He'll have to throw more strikes on Saturday if he's going to have similar results on Saturday when he and the Blue Jays take on the Red Sox.
MLB Betting Trends
The Red Sox are 9-2 in their last 11 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.
The Blue Jays are 0-7 in Estrada's last seven starts versus the Red Sox and are 0-4 in his last four home outings against Boston.
I envision this game being a shootout. The ove ris 4-1 in Price's last five starts, is 7-2 in his last nine road outings and is 4-1 in his last five road outings when he's facing a team with a winning record. On the other side, the over is 6-2 in Estrada's last eight starts coming off five days of rest, is 4-1 in his last five games when he pitches the second game of a series and is 6-2 in his last eight home starts versus a team with a winning record.
The Pick: Red Sox/Blue Jays over 9.5