Upcoming Free Picks

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox,
9-11-2018 - Prediction & Preview

This is a past game! View all upcoming games instead!

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#971 Toronto
Blue Jays 9
#972 Boston
Red Sox -310

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7:10pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Game Stats

Toronto Blue Jays
R. BORUCKI

65 - 78

3
W's
4
L's
4.39
ERA
1.48
WHIP

Boston Red Sox
C. SALE

98 - 46

12
W's
4
L's
1.97
ERA
0.85
WHIP

Betting Trends

All MLB

No betting trends available for this game. Click here to see all available for MLB.

Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox

When and Where: Tuesday, Sept. 11, Fenway Park, Boston, Mass., 7:10 p.m. EDT.

Chris Sale is set to make his return as the Boston Red sox look to reduce their magic number for clinching the American League East further Tuesday night when they begin a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Borucki looks to get back to .500 for Blue Jays

Rookie Ryan Borucki (3-4, 4.39 ERA) gets the call for the season opener, looking to avoid losing back-to-back starts for the first time since being promoted to the majors in June.

The left-hander was the victim of poor run support Tuesday against Tampa Bay, limiting the Rays to two runs and three hits in six innings of a 4-0 defeat. Lack of offense has been a problem at times for Borucki, who has been backed with one or no runs in seven of his 13 starts.

The 24-year-old has struggled on the road, going 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA in seven starts. One of those tough outings came at Fenway Park on July 13, escaping without a loss after yielding seven runs — four of them earned — and eight hits in three-plus innings before Toronto rallied for a 13-7 victory.

He fared better in his more recent start versus Boston, getting the win despite allowing four runs and nine hits in five innings of an 8-5 Blue Jays victory. The lefty has yet to retire Mookie Betts, who has gone 5 for 5 with three triples in their matchups.

J.D. Martinez has homered and is 2 for 6 versus Borucki, and Eduardo Nunez is 3 for 5.

Cora to be cautious with Sale down the stretch

Sale (12-4, 1.97 ERA) was put on the disabled list Aug. 18 with inflammation in his throwing shoulder, essentially scuttling his AL Cy Young Award hopes as Corey Kluber, Blake Snell and Luis Severino have separated themselves from the pack.

Not that Sale will be going deep into this game to make up that ground. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said his left-hander will throw two innings or “40 pitches max” when they announced Friday that Sale would return for this game.

“Two the first time, hopefully three the second time, then keep going,” said Cora. “And then the last one, whenever it is, like a full-go, six or seven innings and 100 pitches.”

Sale is expected to give way to Nathan Eovaldi (5-7, 4.20 ERA) after those two innings or 40 pitches, with Cora hoping the right-hander will be more efficient than in his last outing. The right-hander recorded 3 1-3 shutout innings Sept. 3 at Atlanta, but walked four and threw 86 pitches before being lifted.

Sale went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in two starts versus Toronto this year, giving up three home runs and six runs overall in 15 innings. Eovaldi has yet to face the Blue Jays this year.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

While the money line feels artificially high considering Sale is only throwing two innings maximum, the bottom line is the Red Sox have more than enough offensive firepower to overcome any hiccups he and Eovaldi may have as Boston looks to move another step closer to the division title.

Prediction: Pick: Red Sox -300

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

With Borucki’s struggles on the road coupled with the fact Sale is only pitching two innings, the over is a confident play here, more so after it already moved down one-half run since its open at nine.

Prediction: Pick: OVER 8.5 runs

Full-Game Prop Bet
Rating:

This pick requires a little bit of faith in having the expectation the Blue Jays will score most, if not all, of their runs after Sale departs. They have scored five or more runs in seven of their last 12 games, and getting 2.5 runs against what will be a bullpen day for the Red Sox should be enough to cover at a decent return of -115.

Prediction: Pick: Blue Jays +2.5 adjusted run line (-115)

First Five Innings Side Pick
Rating:

If one believes the Red Sox are going to win overall with the money line so high, why take an even worse offer at -370 for the first five innings when there is a better, albeit slightly, return for giving the one-half run at -210? With the Blue Jays starting a rookie in Borucki, the Red Sox should have enough between Sale and Eovaldi to get the job done.

Prediction: Pick: Red Sox -0.5 runs (-210)

First Five Innings Total Bet
Rating:

This is putting confidence in Boston’s offense with the hope of a little help the Blue Jays nick a run or two off Eovaldi after Sale leaves. Opponents are hitting .301 versus Borucki his first time through the lineup, and with Betts coming off a series in which he went 7 for 11 against Houston, the Red Sox offense should carry the day.

Prediction: Pick: OVER 5 runs (-115)

First Five Innings Prop Prediction
Rating:

Again, this has everything to do with both Betts and Borucki. The Jays rookie sports a 7.82 ERA in the first inning over his 13 starts, and the Red Sox have gotten to him in the opening frame of both his previous matchups. That makes this pick definitely worth the flyer.

Prediction: Pick: YES to 1st-inning run (-110)

Chris Altruda (@AlTruda73)

A 1994 graduate of Marquette University when they were known as the Warriors and Brooklyn native, Chris Altruda is a freelance sportswriter based in Chicago. He has worked at three major U.S. wire services and also has prior experience in sports handicapping and daily fantasy roster building. Now that the Cubs have won a World Series, he holds out hope the Jets will win a Super Bowl before he dies. Can be followed on Twitter at @AlTruda73.

Login

Forgot Password?
Forgot your password? Enter your email and we'll send you a reset token:

Return to login
Enter the token from your email and a new password. Don't forget to check your spam folder if you didn't get the email.

Upcoming Free Picks

Bank the Bet Podcast
Wednesday, Nov 14
NBA
#711 New York Knicks 215.5
#712 Oklahoma City Thunder -9.5
8:05pm
View Pick
#713 New Orleans Pelicans -1
#714 Minnesota Timberwolves 231.5
8:05pm
View Pick
#715 Memphis Grizzlies 217.5
#716 Milwaukee Bucks -10
8:05pm
View Pick
#717 Utah Jazz -4
#718 Dallas Mavericks 215.5
8:35pm
View Pick
#719 San Antonio Spurs -5
#720 Phoenix Suns 211.5
9:05pm
View Pick
#721 Portland Trailblazers 227
#722 Los Angeles Lakers -2.5
10:35pm
View Pick
NCAAB
#741 Marquette 149
#742 Indiana -5.5
8:30pm
View Pick
NHL
#51 St. Louis -105
#52 Chicago -115
8:05pm
View Pick
#53 Washington 6.5
#54 Winnipeg -175
8:05pm
View Pick
#55 Boston -110
#56 Colorado -110
10:05pm
View Pick
#57 Anaheim 5.5
#58 Vegas -175
10:35pm
View Pick
Thursday, Nov 15
NFL
#307 Packers 49.5
#308 Seattle Seahawks -3
8:20pm
View Pick
NCAAF
#309 Toledo -13
#310 Kent State 60
6:00pm
View Pick
#311 Tulane 67.5
#312 Houston -10
8:00pm
View Pick
#313 FAU 61.5
#314 North Texas -3
9:30pm
View Pick
NBA
#501 Golden State Warriors
#502 Houston Rockets
8:05pm
View Pick
#503 Atlanta Hawks 223
#504 Denver Nuggets -12.5
9:05pm
View Pick
#505 San Antonio Spurs 219.5
#506 Los Angeles Clippers -5
10:35pm
View Pick
NCAAB
#533 St. Josephs -3.5
#534 Wake Forest 150.5
11:30am
View Pick
#535 UCF -4
#536 Cal State Fullerton 142.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#537 Valaparaiso 145.5
#538 Western Kentucky -5
5:00pm
View Pick
#507 Ohio State -2.5
#508 Creighton 147
7:00pm
View Pick
#509 Delaware 147
#510 Cornell -2
7:00pm
View Pick
#511 Southern Miss 142.5
#512 Troy -1.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#539 Monmouth
#540 West Virginia
7:30pm
View Pick
#513 William & Mary 161.5
#514 Illinois - Chicago -2
8:00pm
View Pick
NHL
#11 Vancouver 5.5
#12 Minnesota -215
8:05pm
View Pick
#17 Toronto 6
#18 San Jose -130
10:35pm
View Pick
Friday, Nov 16
NCAAF
#315 Memphis -8
#316 SMU 73
9:00pm
View Pick
#317 Boise State -19.5
#318 New Mexico 62.5
9:00pm
View Pick
Saturday, Nov 17
NCAAF
#321 Pittsburgh -6.5
#322 Wake Forest 61
12:00pm
View Pick
#329 Northwestern -2.5
#330 Minnesota 50.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#333 Penn State
#334 Rutgers
12:00pm
View Pick
#339 USF 60
#340 Temple -13.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#347 Middle Tennessee State 45
#348 Kentucky -16.5
12:00pm
View Pick
#349 Ohio State -14
#350 Maryland 58
12:00pm
View Pick
#381 TCU 53.5
#382 Baylor -2
12:00pm
View Pick
#387 Arkansas
#388 Mississippi St
12:00pm
View Pick
#415 Michigan State -2
#416 Nebraska 49
12:00pm
View Pick
#351 NC State -16.5
#352 Louisville 63.5
12:20pm
View Pick
#363 Utah -7
#364 Colorado 48.5
1:30pm
View Pick
#357 FIU -5.5
#358 Charlotte 48.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#365 Utah State
#366 Colorado State
2:00pm
View Pick
#367 Syracuse 62.5
#368 Notre Dame -10.5
2:30pm
View Pick
#369 Georgia State
#370 Appalachian State
2:30pm
View Pick
#371 UTSA
#372 Marshall
2:30pm
View Pick
#405 UL Monroe 64.5
#406 Arkansas State -7.5
3:00pm
View Pick
#419 USC -3
#420 UCLA 55
3:30pm
View Pick
#411 Miami - FL -5.5
#412 Virginia Tech 51
3:30pm
View Pick
#407 Texas State
#408 Troy
3:30pm
View Pick
#391 Louisiana Tech -1.5
#392 Southern Miss 46.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#393 Bowling Green 50.5
#394 Akron -7
3:30pm
View Pick
#399 Boston College -1
#400 Florida State 49
3:30pm
View Pick
#389 West Virginia -4.5
#390 Oklahoma State 71
3:30pm
View Pick
#345 Missouri -6
#346 Tennessee 56.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#335 Texas Tech -4.5
#336 Kansas State 57
3:30pm
View Pick
#327 Virginia 55
#328 Georgia Tech -6.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#325 Wisconsin 51
#326 Purdue -4.5
3:30pm
View Pick
#323 Iowa -14
#324 Illinois 59
3:30pm
View Pick
#383 Tulsa 53
#384 Navy -5
3:30pm
View Pick
#319 Indiana
#320 Michigan
4:00pm
View Pick
#341 UMass
#342 Georgia
4:00pm
View Pick
#355 Liberty
#356 Auburn
4:00pm
View Pick
#361 Air Force 41
#362 Wyoming -2.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#403 Oregon State
#404 Washington
4:30pm
View Pick
#379 Nevada -14.5
#380 San Jose State 58
5:00pm
View Pick
#409 South Alabama 62.5
#410 UL Lafayette -17.5
5:00pm
View Pick
#385 UAB 47
#386 Texas A&M -17
7:00pm
View Pick
#331 Duke
#332 Clemson
7:00pm
View Pick
#337 UConn 65
#338 East Carolina -17
7:00pm
View Pick
#373 Stanford -2
#374 California 45.5
7:30pm
View Pick
#395 Rice
#396 LSU
7:30pm
View Pick
#397 Ole Miss 66.5
#398 Vanderbilt -3
7:30pm
View Pick
#401 Kansas
#402 Oklahoma
7:30pm
View Pick
#413 UTEP 47.5
#414 Western Kentucky -7
7:30pm
View Pick
#353 Cincinnati 59
#354 UCF -7
8:00pm
View Pick
#417 Iowa State 51
#418 Texas -2.5
8:00pm
View Pick
#359 New Mexico State
#360 BYU
10:15pm
View Pick
#375 Arizona State 63
#376 Oregon -3.5
10:30pm
View Pick
#377 Arizona 60.5
#378 Washington State -9.5
10:30pm
View Pick
#421 San Diego State 44.5
#422 Fresno State -12.5
10:30pm
View Pick
#423 UNLV 66.5
#424 Hawaii -6.5
11:00pm
View Pick
Sunday, Nov 18
NFL
#451 Carolina Panthers -4
#452 Detroit Lions 50.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#465 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 52
#466 New York Giants -1
1:00pm
View Pick
#471 Pittsburgh Steelers -6
#472 Jacksonville Jaguars 47.5
1:00pm
View Pick
#459 Philadelphia Eagles 54.5
#460 New Orleans Saints -9
4:25pm
View Pick
#457 Minnesota Vikings 45.5
#458 Chicago Bears -3
8:20pm
View Pick
Monday, Nov 19
NFL
#473 Kansas City Chiefs 63.5
#474 Los Angeles Rams -2.5
8:15pm
View Pick