BOSTON vs. TORONTO 5/20/2019 MLB Odds, Pick & Preview

The BOSTON and the TORONTO will both be gunning for a victory on 5/20/2019 at 1:07 PM when they meet in a game matchup.

BOSTON vs TORONTO
GAME: Boston Red Sox (24-22) at Toronto Blue Jays (19-27)
DATE/TIME: Monday, May 20 – 1:07 PM EST
WHERE: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario

ROT TEAM PS OU RL
959 BOSTON 9.5 (185)
(190)
9.5 (-110) -210
190
960 TORONTO

TV: 1:07 p.m. ET, MLB Network, NESN (Boston), Sportsnet (Toronto)
LINE: 190
PREDICTION: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3

Oddsmakers currently have the TORONTO listed as 190 point favorites versus the BOSTON, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.5.

The Boston Red Sox fell short in their first test against the Houston Astros over the weekend but managed to salvage the finale and stay above .500 as they put the pieces together. The Red Sox will try to avoid looking ahead to another showdown in Houston next weekend when they visit the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday in the opener of a four-game series.

Boston, which is beginning a stretch of 14 of 17 on the road, dropped the first two over the weekend to the Astros but battled back from an early deficit to earn a 4-3 victory on Sunday and improve to 24-22. The Red Sox are still trying to figure out the structure of the bullpen since the offseason departures of Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel and may have found someone to pitch in high-leverage spots in right-hander Marcus Walden, who came on with the bases loaded in the sixth and got out of the jam before handing it off to Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman. The Blue Jays dropped 13 of their last 18 games but are coming off a 5-2 victory at the Chicago White Sox on Sunday and will play the next seven at home, where they are 8-13. The weekend against the Astros helped make it clear that the Red Sox are one elite starter short of the team they were last season, and they are set to add just such an arm on Monday, when left-hander David Price (elbow) comes off the injured list to make the start opposite well-traveled righty Edwin Jackson.

Tony’s Pick TEAM
BOSTON -210

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH David Price (1-2, 3.75 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Edwin Jackson (0-0, 3.60)

Price was riding a string of four consecutive solid starts when he went down but was winless in his last three outings. The former Cy Young Award winner surrendered three runs on seven hits in six innings at the Chicago White Sox on May 2 before going on the injured list. Price made four starts against Toronto in 2018 and earned the win in all four, posting a 2.63 ERA while striking out 25 in 24 total innings.

Jackson set a major league record by appearing for his 14th team when he made his Blue Jays debut at San Francisco on Wednesday. The 35-year-old allowed three runs – two earned – on six hits and a walk in five innings while striking out a pair in the no-decision. Jackson last faced Boston as a member of the San Diego Padres in 2016 and is 3-4 with a 4.64 ERA in 15 career games – 12 starts – against the Red Sox.

WALK-OFFS

1. Blue Jays rookie 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered four times in the last six games.

2. Workman earned his first career save on Sunday.

3. Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers is 1-for-16 with five strikeouts in the last four games.

PREDICTION: Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 3

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