Can the Boston Red Sox get back to their winning ways after falling to the Toronto Blue Jays?
June 28, 2022
Boston looks to bounce back after seeing their seven-game winning streak snapped on Monday
Red Sox at Blue Jays
Rogers Centre – Toronto, ON
7:07 PM ET
SuperBook Line: Toronto -136 | Boston +126
While it might seem hard to believe, these two teams are left to battle it out for the wild card spots in the American League. Despite the fact that the Fourth of July hasn’t even arrived yet, two teams with 40-plus wins are virtually out of the race in the American League East.
That’s because the Yankees are running away with things. They’re currently 12.0 games ahead of the Red Sox and 12.5 games in front of the Blue Jays.
Nevertheless, this is a big-time matchup north of the border. At the moment, Boston and Toronto are the frontrunners for the wild card berths in the AL.
Last night, the Blue Jays got the better of the Red Sox. They moved to within a half game of their division rivals by snapping Boston’s seven-game winning streak.
Despite that win, Toronto is still scuffling a bit. The Jays are just 4-6 in their last 10 games. Meanwhile, Boston has been rolling, compiling an 8-2 mark over their previous 10.
In large part, that’s because the Red Sox have a lineup that features some of the best hitters in the league. Currently, they boast the No. 2, 3 and 4 hitters in the AL. Rafael Devers is hitting .333, Xander Bogaerts is at .330 and J.D. Martinez sits at .324. Not surprisingly, Boston just edged past Colorado for the MLB lead in team batting average.
Tonight, that group will be providing a lot of support for one of the best pitchers in baseball. The Red Sox have Michael Wacha on the mound, a righthander who is 6-1 on the season with a blistering 2.34 ERA.
He’ll face Ross Stripling in what figures to be a good matchup. The Blue Jays righty is 4-2 on the year with a 3.08 ERA.
But Boston’s bats will simply be too much to overcome. The Red Sox will get back to their winning ways and draw even in the series.
Richard DeMala’s pick: Boston M/L (+126)
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Monday’s MLB Winners
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