MLB Picks: Red Sox -125 vs. Blue Jays

Jeff Grant

Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:27 PM GMT

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 12:27 PM GMT

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has enjoyed great success when facing Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle over the course of his career, as the two teams face off Thursday.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League East matchup at the Rogers Centre, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:07 p.m. ET. 

Occupying the top spot

Boston suffered a 4-3 extra-innings loss to Toronto Wednesday, but it still holds a three-game lead over the second-place Tampa Bay Rays in the division standings. 

The Red Sox are 9-2 as road favorites of -125 to -150 this season, with no advantage in terms of the betting total (5-5-1 Over/Under).

Overpowered

Toronto is 4-7 in its last 11 games versus Boston, including a 3-5 mark at this ballpark—getting outscored by a 46-26 margin over that span.

MLB handicappers will find that the Blue Jays are 4-9 as home underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with no edge in terms of the betting total in that situation (6-6-1 Over/Under). 

Peavy 

Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (9-4, 4.50 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 9-6 road defeat to the Kansas City Royals last time out, as he allowed six runs and 10 hits over five frames. 

The right-hander is 3-4 with a 6.65 ERA in eight road outings, with opposing hitters batting .295 against him. 

In five career games versus the Blue Jays, Peavy has compiled a 2-0 record and 3.60 ERA. 

Check out the top Value Plays for Thursday, here~

Buehrle 

Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (8-7, 4.43 ERA) has led the club to four consecutive victories, including a 5-4 home win over the Oakland Athletics last time out, as he allowed three runs and seven hits over 5.1 innings of work. 

The left-hander is 6-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 12 home appearances, issuing 21 walks and striking out 58 batters in 78.2 combined frames. 

In 22 career games (21 starts) versus the Red Sox, Buehrle has posted a 6-9 record and 4.63 ERA, including a 0-1 mark and 4.58 ERA in three efforts this season. 

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Red Sox, as Ortiz is batting .358 with 3 home runs and 13 RBIs in his career against Buehrle. 

MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox -125 Bet 365

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