Red Sox vs. Blue Jays MLB Odds, Preview and Pick

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Alek Manoah #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the third inning during a MLB game against the New York Yankees. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP.

There’s a full slate of action from noon to midnight for baseball bettors on Wednesday, with one key contest being the series finale between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.

Red hot when they arrived in Toronto earlier this week, things have turned chilly for the Boston Red Sox as they look to avoid being swept by the Blue Jays when the clubs conclude their series today.

Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 – 07:07 PM EDT at Rogers Centre

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays: Today's Pitchers

We have a solid clash of probable pitchers for the series finale.

  • Toronto sends ace Alek Manoah (9-2, 2.05) out to try and complete the sweep, and the Blue Jays are chalked on a -160 moneyline at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review).
  • Boston counters with Nick Pivetta (8-5, 3.25), and 8½ is the scoreboard target.

Series Highlights

Kevin Gausman got the ball rolling for Toronto in the series opener with 7 shutout innings in a 7-2 victory. The MLB odds closed with the Blue Jays decided favorites, and Gausman was supported by home runs from George Springer, Matt Chapman, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Guerrero played hero again in Tuesday’s tilt, singling home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to walk things off. Home runs by Trevor Story and Rob Refsnyder helped to give Boston the lead before the Blue Jays’ late rally.

Rivalry Trends

  • The two victories give Toronto a pronounced 7-2 advantage against the Red Sox this season.
  • They also lifted the Blue Jays into second place in the AL East.
  • Totals split in the first two games of the series, with Monday’s final just stopping short of a 9½-run mark, and stand 3-6 O/U between the clubs this year.
  • The teams next meet in Boston in the first series back following the All-Star break.

Nick Pivetta: Pitcher Analysis

Unwilling to leave the game up to his bullpen, Pivetta has stuck around for decisions in 13 of his 15 starts this season, 8 of his last 9 trips to the mound ending in wins for himself and the Red Sox.

It was something of a bend but don’t break effort last Friday in Cleveland. Pivetta surrendered a season-high 9 hits, including a home run, but only allowed 2 runs. The Canadian didn’t issue a walk, and Boston enjoyed a 6-3 win as small road chalk.

It didn’t work out so well when Pivetta faced the Blue Jays earlier this year. In back-to-back April starts against them, he walked 8 and was charged with 7 runs in 8.2 innings. The Red Sox lost both games, leaving the Red Sox 0-3 in his last three assignments against Toronto.

Alek Manoah: Pitcher Analysis

With nine wins and an ERA just above 2.00, Manoah is sneaking up the list of AL Cy Young favorites. Current MLB futures have him +600, good enough for third behind Shane McClanahan (+330) of the Rays and Houston’s Justin Verlander (+400).

Manoah picked up that ninth win last Friday in Milwaukee, burning a season-high 106 pitches and allowing 2 runs before being relieved in the seventh of Toronto’s 9-4 win over the Brewers as -140 chalk.

Whereas Boston lost all four of Pivetta’s April starts, the Blue Jays won all four of Manoah’s assignments. The last of those came against the Red Sox. Manoah tossed the first 7 innings of the 1-0 final, striking out 7 and walking just one Boston batter.

Who Will Umpire Today?

DJ Reyburn lines up as the umpire to call balls and strikes in the series finale.

Now in his 15th season at the major league level, this will be Reyburn’s 15th plate assignment of the year and he has a slight ‘Under’ lean (5-7-2 O/U/P). His last six plate assignments in Toronto ran 4-2 O/U.

Rogers Centre: Weather and Roof Report

The roof was open for the first two games, but Toronto officials may have to button things up on Wednesday.

There is rain in the forecast most of the day, and how long it lingers will decide matters. The weatherman says 69 and cloudy with an NW breeze at game time.

Red Sox vs. Blue: Betting Pick for Today

Just like the Red Sox, my free MLB picks have also gone a bit cold this week. That’s my disclaimer for those who think it best to fade my play, and I couldn’t blame you one bit.

For my money, however, the ‘Under’ and the home team is the way to go.

MLB Pick: Blue Jays (-161) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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MLB Pick: Under 8½ (-113) at Heritage Sports

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