Baseball fans tend to be split into two pretty distinct groups: there are those that love the low-scoring pitching duels, while the rest favor the long ball and high-scoring affairs. Fans of the latter are probably getting a real kick out of what is going on in the AL East this season. The Toronto Blue Jays are the offensive stars of the show there, but they are defensively pretty awful. The Jays, -131 favorites on MLB lines, are hosting the Boston Red Sox for a 3-game series, with the second game set for Saturday afternoon.
Saturday’s MLB Betting Lines on Boston at Toronto & Game Info
Date: Saturday, May 09, 2015
Venue: Rogers Centre
Opening Line: Toronto -131
#RedSox today relieved Juan Nieves of his duties as the team’s major league pitching coach.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 7, 2015
There was some belief that the Blue Jays (14-15) might slow down a little with Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro out of the line-up, but if anything, the bats are now hotter than ever. The flipside of that, though, is that they have a starting rotation that seems incapable of making it beyond the 6th inning, and a bullpen that cannot hold on to a lead. This is why the staggering 155 runs that the Jays have scored to this point in the season is somewhat tempered by the 146 runs they have surrendered. It also explains why they don’t have a record that matches their power output. The Jays will be looking for a solid start out of Drew Hutchison (2-0, 7.47 ERA) on Saturday afternoon. Hutchison has been hit pretty hard all season, but has somehow managed to avoid taking the Loss so far.
One of the more mysterious teams heading onto this season was the Boston Red Sox (13-15). For every person that thought they would end up in the basement again, there was another who believed they could land atop the AL East. The Red Sox started the season well enough, and actually flirted with that top spot before cooling off considerably. They have had some injury issues to deal with, particularly in the catcher position, and have been making altogether too many defensive errors over the last couple of weeks. This is a team that has power in their line-up, though, so it’s not totally out of the question that they will be able to find their way back. Joe Kelly (1-1, 5.72 ERA) will try to help Boston get the win on Saturday. Kelly took his first loss of the season on his last outing, where he was hit pretty hard by the Yankees.
Key Online MLB Betting Trends
Toronto is 5-1-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Toronto is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Boston
Boston is 1-5-1 SU in its last 7 games
Boston is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Boston is 7-13-1 SU in its last 21 games when playing Toronto
Boston is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Toronto
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
Boston went 3-6 on their recent home stand, and may be glad to get back on the road. Two of the wins in that stretch came against these Toronto Blue Jays, but a sweep at the hands of the Yankees and losing 2 of 3 to the Rays killed that momentum. I like the Toronto bats to stay hot enough to get them the win in this one.