MLB Betting Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays – Monday, May 20, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada
When: Monday, May 20th at 1:07 PM ET
Money Line: Boston -225
The Boston Red Sox enter this game with a record of 24-22 and have lost three of their last five games including a 2-1 series loss at home over the weekend against the Houston Astros that concluded with a 4-3 win on Sunday.
The Toronto Blue Jays enter this game with a record of 19-27 and have lost three of their last five games but are coming off a 2-2 series split on the road against the Chicago White Sox over the weekend that concluded with a 5-2 win on Sunday. The Boston Red Sox are listed as -225 money line favorites over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Blue Jays Building For Future
The Toronto Blue Jays have a few prospects in their farm system that will make them competitive within the next few years, but until then they aren’t a playoff caliber team in MLB. Toronto is 18-13 at home and 12-18 as an underdog this season.
Toronto will send Edwin Jackson to the mound for game one of the series. Jackson is 0-0 this season with a 3.60 ERA while striking out two over five innings pitched. He is also 3-0 in his last three starts against the Red Sox while allowing an average of 1.33 runs and striking out an average of 6.67 in those games.
Randal Grichuk leads the team in home runs and runs with seven home runs and 22 runs. Rowdy Tellez leads the team in RBI with 19. Toronto is averaging 3.64 runs per game, which ranks 28th in MLB. The Blue Jays are allowing an average of 4.22 runs per game, which ranks ninth in MLB.
Boston Still Fighting
The Boston Red Sox looked like they were finally turning things around but lost the series against the Houston Astros at home. Boston is 11-12 on the road and 22-19 as a favorite this season.
Boston will send David Price to the mound for game one of the series. Price is 1-2 this season with a 3.75 ERA. Like Jackson, Price is 3-0 in his last three starts against the Blue Jays while allowing an average of 1.67 runs and striking out an average of 6.33 in those games.
Mitch Moreland leads the team in home runs and RBI with 12 home runs and 31 RBI. Mookie Betts leads the team in runs with 36. Boston is averaging 5.20 runs per game, which ranks sixth in MLB. The Red Sox are allowing an average of 4.70 runs per game, which is tied for 16th in MLB.
Boston Gets Game One Win
Boston is the more talented team and is a better team than how they have been playing to this point of the season. Boston is 8-2 in their last 10 matchups with Toronto while outscoring the Blue Jays by an average of 6.00 to 4.20 in those games.
The Red Sox are also 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Blue Jays while both teams are averaging 5.33 runs in those games. I look for those trends to continue with a Red Sox win over the Blue Jays in game one of the series.