Bet The Locals in Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Monday Game

Jeff Grant

Monday, July 21, 2014 1:53 PM GMT

The Boston Red Sox have fallen short against division opponents this season, which provides the Toronto Blue Jays an edge in Monday night’s series opener at the Rogers Centre.

Important stretch
Boston is a bit overvalued in the MLB betting odds in this matchup, considering it has compiled a disappointing 16-23 record versus American League East opponents this season, which could prove troublesome in playing the first of 13 consecutive divisional games tonight.

The Red Sox have won their last four games, including a 6-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals as -155 home favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total in two straight contests.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 8-8 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, with the UNDER cashing in 11 of those affairs.

 

Trying to put something together
Toronto has won back-to-back games for the first time since July 1-2, which can’t be ignored when making your pro baseball picks in this matchup, as it comes off a 9-6 victory over the Texas Rangers as -171 home favorites Sunday.

The Blue Jays will be led offensively by outfielder Melky Cabrera, who has racked up a team-high 124 hits, and is 10 for 31 in his career versus Monday’s opposing starter.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 25-29 as home underdogs of +100 to +125, with the UNDER going 8-1 in the last nine opportunities in that situation.

 

Lackey
Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (10-6, 3.79 ERA) has alternated wins and losses over his last four trips to the mound, as he comes off a 8-3 road victory over the Houston Astros—allowing two runs and four hits over six frames.

The right-hander is 5-3 with a 4.47 ERA in nine road outings, as he’s served up 10 home runs in 56.1 combined innings.

In 20 career starts versus the Blue Jays, Lackey has compiled a 5-8 record and 5.43 ERA, but he hasn’t faced them this season.

 

Hutchison
Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchison (6-8, 4.16 ERA) has been handed back-to-back losses, including a 10-3 setback on the road to the Tampa Bay Rays last time out, as he surrendered six runs and six hits over 5.1 innings of work.

The right-hander is 2-4 with a 6.75 ERA in seven home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .275 against him (.238 on the road).

Hutchison has registered a 2-0 record and 1.42 ERA in two lifetime starts versus the Red Sox.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Blue Jays as one of their MLB bets at the Rogers Centre, as they’ve won 13 of their last 19 series openers.
Pick:  Toronto Blue Jays

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