MLB Picks: Bet Under In Low Scoring Blue Jays vs. Red Sox Game

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, April 16, 2016 12:00 PM GMT

Saturday, Apr. 16, 2016 12:00 PM GMT

Our MLB handicapper previews Saturday’s AL East battle between Toronto and Boston. Go inside to read this compelling betting article before making your MLB picks today.

Two AL East Division rivals will square off on Saturday afternoon when the Red Sox and Blue Jays meet at Fenway Park in Boston. This will be the second of a four game series, and Boston came away with a 5-3 win on Friday. It will also be the fifth meeting of the season already between these clubs, and Boston won three of the previous four. Since the start of the 20014 MLB campaign, Toronto has gone 12-7 at Fenway Park. Current MLB odds at Island Casino has Boston as a -138 money line favorite, and the posted total is 8.0.

 

Starting Pitchers
Toronto’s Marco Estrada will be making his second start of the season on Saturday. Ironically, his 2016 debut came against Boston, and he was extremely sharp in that outing. Estrada pitched 7.0 scoreless innings, allowed no earned runs on 5 hits while striking out 8 and walking just 2.

David Price makes his third start of the season for his new team. In another twist of irony, Price will face the same club he finished the 2015 season with. The power pitching southpaw has compiled an unimpressive 5.73 ERA in his first two outings. However, Price has a stellar career resume when facing Toronto, going 18-3 in his team starts, and posting a stellar 2.41 ERA. As a matter of fact, since the onset of the 2012 season, Price has gone 8-1 in his team starts against Toronto.


 

Silent Blue Jays Bats
There’s no doubt that on paper, and based on last season, Toronto possesses the most potent batting order in the American League, and is arguably the best in all of baseball. Unfortunately, they’ve been off to an inauspicious start to the season in that regard. During their first eleven games of the year, Toronto has a poor .214 team batting average, and possesses just a .640 OPS. Those numbers have been even worse in five away games, evidenced by a .194 team batting average, and .580 OPS during those outings. On a positive note, Toronto has smacked 11 home runs in just as many games, but that’s still well below the pace from last year.

 

Power Outage in Boston
Uncharacteristically the Red Sox have hit only 4 home runs during its first nine games, and that includes just 2 dingers in four outings at Fenway Park. However, they’ve managed to bang out 10 or more hits during six of nine games, and have a more than respectable .286 team batting average.

 

Final Take and Pick
I look for both starting pitchers to turn in strong performances on Saturday. Both of these bullpen staffs haven’t necessarily been great, but they’ve been solid nonetheless. I like this game to be a low scoring affair, and one of my Saturday MLB picks will concur with that assessment.

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MLB Pick:  Blue Jays Under 8 -110
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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