Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a dismal 66-93 versus divisional opponents, with the OVER going 81-68-10 in that situation.
Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster (1-2, 3.30 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over four of his last five starts, as he picked up a 7-3 home victory over the Houston Astros last time out, allowing two runs and four hits over six innings.
The right-hander suffered a 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees in his lone effort away from Fenway Park this season, issuing four walks and striking out eight batters in five frames.
Dempster hails from Canada, as he’s failed to earn a decision in three appearances against the Blue Jays (5.27 ERA), but will be making his first-ever start in Toronto.
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Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ (2-1, 3.86 ERA) has watched the team lose his last three efforts, as he received just five runs of support in that span, including a 5-4 road loss to the Yankees in a no-decision effort last time out.
The left-hander is 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA in two home outings, with the victory coming against the Red Sox in his first start of the season on April 6, as he allowed just a single hit over 5.1 scoreless innings.
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I’m going to recommend that readers back the Blue Jays as one of their MLB picks Thursday, as the Red Sox are a bit overvalued in this spot due to last night’s blowout victory, while Dempster has compiled a lackluster 5.46 ERA in five starts with umpire Gary Darling behind home plate.
MLB Pick: Toronto Blue Jays +115 at at Bet 365