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MLB Betting Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
September 16, 2023
In the second clash of their three-game divisional series, the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays are set to compete. Can the Red Sox find consistency on the road?
Date: Game 2 on September 16, 2023 at 3:07 PM ET
Location: Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Boston Red Sox Betting Preview
The Red Sox are trying not to finish last in the division, as they are battling with the New York Yankees to avoid that spot. Against the Blue Jays, they have moderately done well and they have a chance to successfully win another series matchup.
They have showcased their batting skills, boasting an impressive .263 batting average and a commendable slugging percentage of .436. This gives them a definite advantage when going head-to-head with the Blue Jays.
If they want a chance to win, their pitching lineup needs a substantial improvement, given their .260 batting average against and an ERA hovering around 4.59. These statistics leave little margin for error.
On a positive note, their OBP remains solid at .329, indicating their ability to get runners on base frequently. Although, it is slightly lower than what the Blue Jays can muster.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview
The Blue Jays are not going to make the playoffs, especially since they just lost four straight to the Texas Rangers in their last series. They have an opportunity to work on their game for next season, as their current roster is good.
The Blue Jays' batting strength shows room for improvement, boasting an average of .258 and a slugging percentage of .417, which does not quite match the Red Sox's offensive prowess.
On the pitching front, the Blue Jays face some challenges, allowing opponents to hit .240 and maintaining an ERA of 3.80. Surprisingly, these stats outperform the Red Sox, potentially giving them an edge in this matchup.
While their OBP remains a respectable .331, the Blue Jays should prioritize their pitching to counter the Red Sox's desire for a high-scoring game. Slowing down the pace of play could hold the key to their success.
Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick
MyBookie's odds suggests that the Boston Red Sox have a slim chance of winning this matchup, while market analysis indicates that the Blue Jays have a 57.6 percent probability of winning the second game.
Toronto Blue Jays: +102
Boston Red Sox: -122
The Blue Jays are third in the AL East, while the Red Sox are attempting to not be last over these next two weeks. The Blue Jays should offer a competitive matchup, as they have been consistently good on both sides of the field or at least more than the Red Sox have been.
Final Pick: Take the Toronto Blue Jays to Win at +102
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