Pick Red Sox +110 vs. Blue Jays Friday

Jeff Grant

Friday, April 25, 2014 1:04 PM GMT

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has enjoyed great success against Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle, which will prove to be the difference in their series opener Friday night. Should this advantage help the Sox upset the MLB odds tonight?

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

 

Ortiz to the rescue
Boston went 3-4 on its recently completed seven-game homestand against the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, as it now hits the road to take on another division rival.

The Red Sox are 21st in the league in runs scored, but they may be poised for a breakout in this spot, as designated hitter David Ortiz is hitting .329 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in his career against Blue Jays scheduled starter Mark Buehrle.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 5-3 versus left-handed starting pitchers this season.

 

Bullpen blues
Toronto’s bullpen has combined to throw 23.2 innings while allowing 22 runs on 23 hits and 24 walks over the last seven games.

The Blue Jays are going to have a hard time snapping their current two-game losing streak, considering that Red Sox relievers entered their last affair with a 1.48 ERA over their previous eight contests.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 17-23 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the OVER going 24-14 in that situation.

 

Peavy
Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy (0-0, 3.33 ERA) has yet to earn a decision in four outings this season, with the defending World Series champions alternating wins and losses over that period—picking up a 6-5 home victory over the Baltimore Orioles Sunday. 

The right-hander has worked at least six innings and allowed two earned runs or less in each of his last five efforts against the Blue Jays, which has led directly to a 2-1 record and 2.29 ERA. 

Peavy has limited Toronto star outfielder Jose Bautista to just three hits in 17 career at-bats against him.

[gameodds]3/262739/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Red Sox as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games against southpaw starting pitchers.

Free MLB Pick:  Boston Red Sox +110