July 28, 2014

MLB Betting Picks: Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox

Can the Boston Red Sox really do anything about defending their World Series title? It is becoming more and more evident that it isn’t going to be the case. On Monday night, the Bosox open up a series against an American League East rival that is very much in the playoff hunt as they play host to the Toronto Blue Jays in baseball betting action that is set to begin at 7:10 PM ET at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox are 48-57, which means they are the last place team in the division, 10.5 games off the pace that is set by the Baltimore Orioles. They are even 7.5 games out of the second wild card spot in the AL. By the way, that spot is occupied by the Blue Jays, who are three games out of the AL East lead.

The Blue Jays took two out of three games from the New York Yankees over the weekend, while the Sox have now lost five of their last six games. Just a week ago, Boston began a four-game series with the Blue Jays north of the border, and after John Lackey led them to a 14-1 romp in the opener, they dropped three straight. In one of those games Clay Buchholz (5-6, 5.50 ERA) and R.A. Dickey (8-10, 4.04 ERA) opposed each other, and they do it once again here.

VietBet.comIn the baseball betting odds that have been posted by the folks at VietBet, Boston is the favorite:

Boston Red Sox (Buchholz – R) -134
Toronto Blue Jays (Dickey – R) +124

Over 8.5 Runs -125
Under 8.5 Runs +105

That meeting between Buchholz and Dickey took place on July 23, and neither guy was all that effective. Buchholz, who was one start removed from a three-hit shutout over Houston, allowed four runs in six innings, walking four batters. Dickey also yielded four runs in six frames, in a 6-4 Toronto win. That was just part of the story, as baseball bettors are well aware. The first inning was kind of explosive, as Boston got off to a 3-0 lead and then completely surrendered that lead in the bottom half of the inning. Buchholz took a comebacker off his head from Munenori Kawasaki and was almost not able to stay in the game. According to at least one writer who covered the game, however, he looked like he was “dazed.”

For whatever reason, Buchholz has been unable to keep runners off base at Fenway this season, yielding 52 hits in 37 innings. So he’s kind of been in a daze in Beantown as well.

There has understandably been some dissatisfaction with Dickey among Toronto fans. As VietBet customers know, he was the national League’s Cy Young winner a couple of years ago (with the Mets), and he throws the knuckleball in a way that is different than anyone else, in the sense that it generally comes in at a higher speed. The Jays have lost six of the last eight times he has taken the mound, but he hasn’t exactly been well supported in those games he has lost lately. What Toronto would like to see from him is something more like the April 27 effort against Boston, when he went to two outs in the seventh inning and allowed just one run without issuing a walk.

Xander Bogaerts should be back in action for Boston after being sat down on Sunday. The third baseman has been in a slump (.143 over the last 28 games), but baseball bettors should take note that he is four out of six in his brief career off Dickey. The knuckleballer should also be on the lookout for David Ortiz, who hit a three-run a homer off him a week ago and is eight for 28 with five homers and a dozen RBI over the last seven games.

Toronto (which is listed at +1025 to win the American League pennant at VietBet) was hoping to get back Edwin Encarnacion sometime soon, but he didn’t respond well on Saturday to swinging a bat during his rehab from a quadriceps strain in Florida. That continues to leave a big hole, because he has 26 homers and 70 RBI. Still, we’re okay with the dog at +124 in the baseball betting odds.

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Charles Jay

a contributor to BangTheBook.com, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.