MLB Odds, Picks, Predictions for Blue Jays vs. Red Sox: Back Boston to Secure Victory (Tuesday, April 19)
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images. Pictured: Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.
- The Red Sox host the Blue Jays on Tuesday in the first of a three-game set.
- Toronto leads the AL East in the early going, but analyst Jules Posner has found value with the hosts.
- Check out below why he's back pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and Boston to earn the victory.
Blue Jays vs. Red Sox Odds
|Blue Jays Odds||+110|
|Red Sox Odds||-135|
|Over/Under||9 (-120 / +100)|
|Time||7:10 p.m. ET|
|Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute MLB odds here.|
The Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in the first of a three-game set taking place at Fenway Park.
The Blue Jays (6-4), who lead the AL East, have all the hype this season, but the Red Sox (5-5) are still the team that went to the playoffs in 2021, while the visitors watched from home.
This early season duel pits a Toronto team on the rise and looking to establish themselves as the top dog against another looking to keep pace in a stacked division.
Although it’s early in the season, Fenway is surely going to have a playoff atmosphere in this series.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have been an incredibly exciting team to watch. Unfortunately, they’ve also been an exciting team for opposing offenses to face.
Toronto is coming off a series victory against Oakland. However, the A’s proved to be a lot more trouble for the Jays than they might have anticipated. They played the Jays really tough and also further exposed their greatest weakness so far in their pitching.
Toronto starters are 26th in ERA with a 5.70 mark and 21st in FIP. Its bullpen sits in the middle of the pack in ERA (3.38), good for 14th, but it’s pen has a 4.40 FIP, which is 24th overall.
Even with the additions of Kevin Gausman and Yusei Kikuchi, as well as and the return of Jordan Romano and Julian Merryweather, the pitching staff is incredibly vulnerable at the moment.
The Blue Jays turn to Yusei Kikuchi in the opener of this series. Kikuchi has never really lived up to the hype in his career, but he also had a relatively disappointing debut in his last start on the road against the Yankees.
He will be pitching in an equally hostile environment in Boston, where he was roughed up in his only previous start for five runs in 4.2 innings.
Boston Red Sox
On the other side, the Boston offense has been off to a little bit of a slow start. The Red Sox are literally middle of the pack in almost every major statistical category on offense and in terms of pitching. That said, they might be the most average team in the majors right now.
However, their bullpen has been one of the best units in baseball, putting up a 2.95 ERA good for eighth and an identical 2.95 FIP that’s good for fourth overall.
Nate Eovaldi takes the mound in the opener for the Red Sox. He’s making his first home start of 2022 and should be looking forward to it, because he posted a 3.47 ERA and a 2.43 FIP at Fenway in 2021. He was outstanding at home two years ago as well.
Blue Jays-Red Sox Pick
A solid start from Eovaldi, plus the Red Sox bullpen, could be a tough task on the road even for the Blue Jays’ high-powered offense.
One off night against a tough pitching staff is all you need to cash in. The Red Sox are around -135 moneyline favorites and should be taken up to the -150 range.
Pick: Red Sox ML (-135)
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