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Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox
The American League East rivals will meet when Toronto visits Boston for the first of a two-game series tonight. Playing time for the Blue Jays vs. Red Sox is scheduled for 7:10 pm ET at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. This is the first of 19 games scheduled for this season. These teams divided the series 5-5 last year, and eight or more runs were scored in eight of those contests. Toronto went 4-3 in seven games played in Boston. The Blue Jays won 9–8 and lost 10–8 during the last two meetings in Boston last season. The Red Sox are on an 11-3 streak while the Blue Jays are on a 4-8 slide.
Toronto (7-9) had a day off to travel on Monday. The Blue Jays are looking to bounce back from a 3-1 series loss this weekend in Kansas City. The Royals outscored the Blue Jays 12–7 for three wins. Toronto avoided a sweep with a 5-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Before that, Toronto surpassed New York 13-10 during a 2-1 series win against the Yankees at home. Toronto has hit 19 home runs in 16 games. Marcus Semien, Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. have each hit four. After a tough series in Kansas City, the Blue Jays are 4-6 on the road this season.
Boston (10-6) was swept 3-0 by Baltimore at home during their season-opening series. The Orioles outscored the Red Sox by an 18-5 margin. By stepping up the offense, Boston outscored Tampa Bay 26–9 during a three-game sweep at home. That was followed by the Red Sox beating the Orioles 27-16 during a 3-0 series win in Baltimore. Boston carried its winning streak to nine games with three wins at Minnesota. The Twins avoided a sweep with a 4-3 victory in the series finale. The Red Sox crushed Chicago 11–4 at Fenway Park yesterday to salvage a 2-2 series division with the White Sox.
Both teams are back at the top of their pitching rotation. After allowing two or fewer runs in each of his first three starts, LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (1–1, 1.89 ERA) makes his fourth start for the Blue Jays. He has allowed five runs, on 15 hits with 19 strikeouts, in 19 innings so far this season. LZ Eduardo Rodríguez (2-0, 3.60 ERA) is making his third start for Boston. He allowed all four runs, but received a lot of support from the Boston offense during a 7-3 win at Baltimore and a 7-1 win at Minnesota. Betting on the highest-scoring offense, take the money line and back the Red Sox to win at home.
Pick: Boston Red Sox Money Line (-110)
Houston Astros at Colorado Rockies
The fighting squads meet when Houston and Colorado begin a two-game series tonight. The first pitch for the Astros vs. Rockies matchup is at 8:40 pm ET at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. This is the first of four games this season, part of the MLB interleague schedule. Since the last game of its 2018 season series, Houston has won nine straight games against Colorado. The Astros posted 10–8 and 13–6 wins at Colorado and won both games 2-1 at Houston during a 4-0 series sweep last season. Despite its recent 1-to-7 slide, Houston ranks as the road favorite in Denver.
Houston (7-8) was strong from the starting gate when they opened the season with a 6-1 record. The Astros outscored the Athletics 35–9 and won their first four road games in Oakland. That was followed by a 7-6 loss and a 4-2 win against the Angels in Los Angeles. Troubled on offense, Houston was outscored 46-21 by Oakland, Detroit and Seattle in the last eight games. The Astros scored two or fewer runs in five of those games. Houston has been hit hard by COVID-19 recently. While several players will return during this series, All-Star second baseman José Altuve has doubts.
Colorado (4–12) faced the defending World Series champion The Angels for seven of his first 13 games. By winning six of seven games, the Dodgers were red hot on offense as they outscored the Rockies by a 44-28 margin. Between the two series against Los Angeles, Colorado edged Arizona 23-13 during a 2-1 series win at home and was swept 3-0 in San Francisco. The Rockies split a doubleheader with the New York Mets at home on Saturday before losing 2-1 in the series finale on Sunday. Colorado scores 4.12 runs per game on offense and allows 4.75 runs on defense.
RHP Luis Garcia (0-0, 2.53 ERA) is making his second start for Houston. He allowed two runs and four hits in 3.1 innings and made no decisions in a 7-6 loss to the Angels. Garcia kept Detroit scoreless in 4.1 innings during a relief appearance on April 12. RPH Jon Gray (1–1, 2.87 ERA) is making his fourth start for Colorado. On five hits in four innings, he allowed three runs during the Rockies’ 4-2 loss to the Dodgers in their last start. Gray allowed two runs, in 11.2 innings, during his first two starts. A trip to hitter-friendly Coors Field should help Houston’s offense get back on track.
Pick: Houston Astros money line (-136)
2021 MLB regular season betting record: 8-14 (-7.69 units)
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.