MLB Picks and Parlays: Boston Looks to Keep Winning at Toronto
Boston Red Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with a narrow 6-5 win at Toronto on Monday and will look to build on that on Tuesday. Prior to this dip, the Red Sox had been on a 16-4 tear to create a 5.5 game cushion in the AL East. But the lead is a far less comfortable 3.5 games over the Yankees heading into Tuesday night’s action.
Their usually reliable pitching let them down through the first three games of the losing streak as they were outscored 36-9 in dropping the last game of their series to Cleveland and the first two at home to Baltimore. The Orioles completed the sweep with a 2-1 win on Sunday.
Needing a win on Monday, they fell behind 2-0 in the first and 3-2 after four. But aided by a four-for-four night from Christian Vasquez and a solo shot by Eduardo Nunez they put up four in the seventh to go up 6-3. They then escaped a scary ninth where Craig Kimbrel – one of the best closers in the game gave up a two-run homer to Justin Smoak, but also got the final out for the win.
Toronto Blue Jays not too long ago were on a streak that had them sniffing around that second wild-card spot. But they are thin on pitching and on offense and that lack of depth has caught up to them the past couple of weeks. They are now 2-8 in their last ten which has dropped their record to 61-70 and 6.5 out of a wildcard spot.
Boston has been averaging 5.46 RPG in August and the team ERA is 4.08. Their record this month is 16-8.
Toronto’s been averaging 4.6 RPG in August with a team ERA of 4.60. Their record for the month is 12-13.
Chris Sale (14-6, 2.88 ERA) will be happy to take the Indians off his calendar. He faced them twice in August and allowed 14 runs (13 earned) in eight innings of work, including seven (six earned) in three last time out. He also allowed four runs in seven innings to the Yankees in his previous start. Add it up and it’s a 5.40 ERA in August after a dominant July where he had a 1.04 ERA.
Brett Anderson (2-2, 8.18 ERA) was supposed to be part of the Cubs staff this year, but four straight disappointing starts led to his release in early May and the Jays picked him up two weeks ago. He’s been in the minors since and is expected to make his debut with his new team Tuesday. In two AAA starts he’s allowed one run in 9.2 innings of work.
- Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston’s last 9 games on the road
- Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Toronto’s last 12 games at home
Toronto is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Boston
Cash It In: Boston are -218 favorites and Toronto +201 underdogs. Not too long ago Sale was the runaway leader for the Cy Young. If he can’t win this game, it may be fair to think something’s wrong that’s more than meets the eye. Boston 6-2.
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