Blue Jays vs. Red Sox Prediction
The Boston Red Sox used a big fourth inning in the series opener at home against the Toronto Blue Jays to cruise to a win. Is Boston a safe bet again today as the favorite?
971 Toronto Blue Jays at 972 Boston Red Sox
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Fenway Park at 7:10PM ET
TV: NESN (BOS)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Red Sox are listed as a -185 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Blue Jays are a +170 underdog, while the total sits at 9.5 runs. As of Tuesday morning, 75 percent of public bets are being placed on host Boston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Benintendi nearly hits for cycle
Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi moved into the leadoff spot for a second straight day with Mookie Betts out of the lineup and he was stellar in the 8-3 victory over Toronto. Benintendi went 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run and four RBIs. J.D. Martinez hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, his 17 of the season. He drove in two in the game and also drew a walk. Rafael Devers went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Jackie Bradley Jr. was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. He also made a highlight-reel over-the-shoulder catch in center field. David Price allowed two earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts and four walks over five innings to earn the win.
Sanchez hammered in loss
Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez was rocked in Monday afternoon's loss as he surrendered seven earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk over five innings. His ERA ballooned to 4.77. The Blue Jays evened the score at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning before Boston racked up five runs in the bottom half. Teoscar Hernandez went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI at the top of the Toronto order. Kevin Pillar was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Josh Donaldson had a hit and walked twice, but left the game with calf tightness and is doubtful to play today.
Marco Estrada (2-5, 5.40 ERA) will start today for Toronto, while Boston turns to Rick Porcello (6-2, 3.74).
MLB Betting Trends
The Blue Jays are 4-11 in their last 15 games overall. Toronto is 0-8 in Estrada's last eight starts versus Boston.
The Red Sox are 37-16 in their last 53 games overall. Boston is 35-16 in its last 51 Tuesday games.
While Estrada cannot be trusted in the slightest against Boston, Porcello has struggled mightily as well lately and I have a hard time pulling the trigger on a bet where the Red Sox are favored so heavily with a struggling pitcher on the moud. I'd rather side with the over in hopes both pitchers get hit hard.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: BLUE JAYS/RED SOX OVER 9.5