Red Sox Look to Play Spoiler on Blue Jays
The Boston Red Sox have long known they’re not postseason-worthy, but the Toronto Blue Jays – their opponent on Friday – will be participating in October baseball.
However, Boston has won their last three games coming into this one and might be of value to those who BetOnline. Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays have lost back-to-back yet still clinched a playoff spot.
The Jays are currently the top Wild Card team in the American League but don’t want to slip lower. Can they get the win as the sportsbook favorites, or will the Red Sox hold them back a bit?
Pivetta Starting for Red Sox
Boston is currently 10 games back in the Wild Card and further in the American League East, so the playoffs have not been on their mind for a while now. But that hasn’t stopped them from being a good bet versus the MLB betting odds.
The team is riding a three-game winning streak, mostly due to their offense. They’ve scored 29 runs in their last four contests. Alex Verdugo is leading the way, going 10-for-24 over his last seven days, while Rafael Devers is seven-for-23 with four walks.
Nick Pivetta is set to start for the Boston Red Sox. He’s entering this game with a 10-11 record and a 4.48 ERA. Unfortunately, Pivetta has seen Boston lose three out of their last four games where he appears on the mound.
Pivetta has faced the Toronto Blue Jays this season, going up against them three times. He pitched a combined 14.2 innings and allowed 15 hits and nine runs in total. He lost two of three but could have easily lost all three.
The Red Sox need a better outing from him to get the win tonight.
Toronto Giving Manoah the Go-Ahead
Alek Manoah is starting for Toronto, and the team has been pretty successful with him leading the charge. Manoah is tied for the seventh-best record of 15-7 on the year behind his play from the mound, with the fourth-best ERA in the league among pitchers at 2.31.
The Blue Jays have seen Manoah help them win four out of his past five appearances. He only allowed four runs during that stretch to make it even more impressive.
Manoah appears to be in a rhythm late in the season, and Toronto is benefitting from it. The only question is how much they will push him with the playoffs coming up.
Red Sox vs Blue Jays Head-to-Head
This series has been completely one-sided between the Red Sox and the Blue Jays. Toronto has won 13 out of the 16 matchups against Boston coming into this game.
Red Sox vs Blue Jays Game Information
- Game: Red Sox (75-81) vs Blue Jays (87-69)
- Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON
- Day/Time: Friday, Sept 30th, 7:07 p.m. ET
- Red Sox vs Blue Jays Live stream: MLB.tv
Red Sox vs Blue Jays Betting Lines
|Boston Red Sox
N. Pivetta -R
|Toronto Blue Jays
A. Manoah -R
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Red Sox vs Blue Jays Prediction
The Blue Jays should have an edge for this game. Manoah has been getting into more and more of a groove down the stretch of the season.
Meanwhile, Pivetta hasn’t been able to consistently net the team wins when he appears for the Red Sox.
Toronto has won 13 out of their last 16 contests between these squads, which should tell you everything you need to know. Whether low-scoring or high-scoring, Toronto seems to be the far better team right now. Take them with your MLB picks.