It was a long week for both of these clubs heading into this weekend series.
The Boston Red Sox (74-73) dropped three of four at home against the dreaded Yankees. The series was arguably their last chance at making a run for a wild-card spot, and they blew it. Now, the only thing separating them from last place is a head-to-head tiebreaker.
While that was happening in New England, Canada’s Toronto Blue Jays (80-67) got swept by Texas. As a result, Texas and Seattle overtook Toronto for the final two AL playoff spots. It was a worst-case scenario, one they must respond from quickly if they want to see a playoff series.
Toronto needs a win, while Boston wants to finish the season strong. What will give in Red Sox vs. Blue Jays game one?
Fixture: Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays
Date and Time: Friday, September 15, 2023, 7:07 p.m. EST
Venue: Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Betting Odds
|Team||Run Line||Total||Money Line|
|Red Sox||+1.5 (-185)||Over 8.0 (-105)||+114|
|Blue Jays||-1.5 (+154)||Under 8.0 (-115)||-135|
Boston has Brayan Bello lined up for the start tonight. Bello faced Toronto in May, getting charged with four runs (two earned) across 5.0 innings. The Red Sox are 12-4 in his starts since June 11.
Toronto’s fate rests in Jose Berrios’ right arm. He’s given up 22 hits, six home runs, and 12 runs in those 17.0 innings, good for a 6.35 ERA. Berrios has been better at home, bringing a 3.39 Rogers Centre ERA with him to the mound.
Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Prediction
These teams were not sharp this week. However, Boston played much better than these particular AL East rivals did. Along with that, Bello’s lone start against the Blue Jays would’ve been solid with better defense. Jose Berrios’s outings against the Red Sox have been flat. Even with a worse record, Boston is better at the plate, too. Toronto’s tough times against the rest of the AL East (12-25 record) continue tonight with another brutal loss.