The Toronto Blue Jays try to snap a two-game losing streak when they visit the Boston Red Sox for a battle of AL East contenders on Tuesday night. The opener of the brief two-game series is set for 7:10 pm ET from Fenway Park in Boston.
The Blue Jays come into the game having dropped two in a row and three of four in a weekend series at Kansas City. Toronto is 7-9 on the season and sitting in a third-place tie with Baltimore in the AL East, 3½ games behind the first-place Red Sox.
Boston finished up a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Monday morning, routing the visitors 11-4. That snapped a two-game losing streak for the Red Sox, who sit atop the AL East with an 11-6 mark, two games ahead of second-place Tampa Bay.
The MLB odds for this contest have the Red Sox as slight favorites with a -110 moneyline. Toronto is set at even money odds. The over/under for the series opener is eight runs.
Trying To Get Going
The Blue Jays will have Hyun Jin Ryu on the mound for the opener, as the 34-year-old makes his fourth start of the season. Ryu is coming off his first win of 2021, going 6⅔ innings against the Yankees, allowing just four hits and one unearned run to lower his ERA to 1.89.
On the season, Ryu is 1-1, having pitched 19 innings and recorded 19 strikeouts while walking two and allowing four earned runs.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is off to a hot start to 2021, batting .389 with a team-high 21 hits in 54 at-bats. He’s tied with two others for the team lead with four home runs, but his 11 RBI and 11 walks pace the Blue Jays.
Shortstop Bo Bichette is one of those players with four home runs, adding four doubles and batting .266. He’s driven in 10 runs while scoring a team-high 12.
Shortstop Marcus Semien also has four home runs, but he’s batting just .182 and has the team lead with 19 strikeouts. He’s one of eight Blue Jays with 10 or more strikeouts.
Boston’s J.D. Martinez is one of the hotter hitters in baseball, tied for second in the majors with six home runs, the last of which powered the Red Sox to Monday’s win. He’s batting .383 with seven doubles and 20 RBI, drawing six walks and scoring 15 times.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts has also been hot at the plate, batting .386 with six doubles and four RBI. Third baseman Rafael Devers has hit five home runs, drove in 15 runs and scored 10 times.
Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez looks to improve on his 2-0 record with his third start of the season on Tuesday night. The 28-year-old has an ERA of 3.60, allowing four earned runs over 10 innings of work while striking out 12 and walking just one.
In his last outing, last Wednesday against Minnesota, Rodriguez went five innings, allowing five hits and just one earned run, striking out five and walking one.
Red Sox Outslug Blue Jays
These two teams have plenty of offensive talent, and it should be on full display on Tuesday night. Although Rodriguez has two wins, he had a little trouble in his first start, giving up two home runs, which could be a problem if it continues against the Toronto hitters.
Ryu has also been solid, but the Red Sox have been hitting the ball well, as shown by Monday’s 11-run outburst. This looks to be a high-scoring affair, especially when the bullpens get involved.
When doing your MLB betting, go with the home team and take the Red Sox to win the series opener.