Boston drags a 7-game win streak north of the border into Toronto, and we have an MLB pick for the series opener between the Red Sox and Blue Jays.
Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Monday, June 27, 2022 – 07:07 p.m. EDT at Rogers Centre
Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Recap
While the AL East race appears to be a foregone conclusion with the New York Yankees currently enjoying a double-digit lead, the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays would like to at least keep things interesting as they engage in a battle of division bridesmaids beginning Monday.
New York was the team to beat on the preseason baseball futures, and the Yankees are making good on those projections. Boston begins the series on a 7-game win streak and sits 11-games behind in the AL East.
Toronto has been on a downward slide the last couple of weeks and trails by 12½ games in a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Matchup and Odds
Boston is calling up Connor Seabold (0-0, 0.00) from the minors to make his season debut, while Toronto hands the ball to veteran Kevin Gausman (5-6, 3.19), and the Blue Jays are listed with a -175 chalk line on BMR’s MLB odds board with 9 for the total.
Rivalry Notes and Trends
Monday begins the third series between the division foes this season. The previous two series took place in April when the Blue Jays won five of the seven clashes. Toronto won three of the four at Rogers Centre and has won six of the last eight meetings on Ontario.
- Totals split 2-2 O/U at BMR's best online books and betting sites in the April 25-28 series at Rogers Centre.
- The Blue Jays are looking for their first season series win over the Red Sox since 2016.
- Boston owns the all-time series lead 381-309 (.552), and has had more success against the Blue Jays as the visitors over the years (194-149) than at home (187-60).
Red Sox's Connor Seabold
Boston is nursing Michael Wacha along by giving him extra rest between starts, and that forced the Red Sox to dip down in the minors to fill out the probable pitchers' card for this series opener in Toronto.
Seabold was a third-round pick by Philadelphia in 2017 and came to Boston in the same deal that brought Nick Pivetta a couple of summers ago.
The former Cal State Fullerton standout made his major league debut last year with a short 3-inning start late in the season. He was 5-1 with a 2.26 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A Worcester before being recalled.
Listed as Boston’s No. 14 prospect before the season starts, Seabold has a fastball in the low-90s. His arsenal also includes an average slider and soft curve.
Seabold relies on location and a deadly changeup to confound hitters and had a 51:14 K/BB ratio in 51.2 minor league innings.
Blue Jays' Kevin Gausman
Following a strong start to 2022 with winning results in April and May, Gausman won’t mind seeing June come to an end. The 31-year-old ended May with a 2.51 ERA, and that stat is an ugly 5.50 for the month of June. Toronto has gone down in defeat in all four of Gausman’s June starts, and he took the loss in three of them.
Gausman didn’t pitch poorly last Tuesday in Chicago where he struck out seven over six frames while allowing just two runs, but Boston batters provided very little support while he was on the mound and the White Sox eventually posted a 7-6 triumph in 12 innings as small underdogs with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
The good news is Gausman ruled the Red Sox twice back in April. Toronto won both of his starts against Boston while Gausman compiled 14 innings and allowed just one earned run.
He is 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA in seven home starts this season, however, opposing batters feasting on his offerings to the tune of a .324 average at Rogers Centre.
Rogers Centre Roof Report
All signs point to the game being played under the stars – along with a few clouds – Monday night when the weatherman is calling for temps in the mid-60s along with a 15 mph NW breeze (in from left).
Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Betting Pick
Even with a couple of poor efforts recently, Gausman has pitched better than his 5-6 record indicates. The Blue Jays have also played .600 ball (21-14) at home on the season. And yet, I’m drawn to red-hot Boston for my underdog play in a 5-4 final.
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