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Red Sox vs Blue Jays Odds - Blue Jays will begin second half with series win over Boston

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 4/24/2012 10:02:14 AM
MLB oddsMLB betting players have seen Toronto start the season with a vengeance, but they enter the second half of the year 11 games behind Boston in the American League East. The Blue Jays will host the Red Sox at Rogers Center for three games this weekend, and they’ll get off to a good start by taking two of three from their bitter rivals.

Red Sox vs Blue Jays odds – Pitching will earn much-needed win for Blue Jays

  • Romero bests Buchholz in battle of young hurlers
  • Penny remains perfect against Blue Jays
  • Halladay edges Lester in low-scoring affair

Friday, July 17, 7:07 PM ET
Clay Buchholz (0-0, 0.00) vs Ricky Romero (7-3, 3.00)

Buchholz is a highly-touted 24-year-old who is tearing up Triple-A ball in Pawtucket, but he didn’t have much success in Boston last year. Still, he’s well regarded and usually the first name to come up if the Red Sox are involved in trade negotiations. The young righthander is 0-2 in three games (two starts) against the Blue Jays in his career with a 4.22 ERA. Romero is looking to build upon a brilliant first half, and he’s won his last four decisions. However, his shortest outing of the season came against the Red Sox at home, when he lasted just four innings, allowing five runs on six hits in an 8-2 loss. That was his sole loss at Rogers Center, as Romero is 5-1 in six starts with a 2.31 ERA. Buchholz could feel some nerves about his first start of the season, which could keep some from making the Red Sox one of their sports picks.

MLB betting pick: Blue Jays

Saturday, July 18, 1:07 PM ET
Brad Penny (6-3, 4.71) vs Brian Tallet (5-6, 4.95)

This will be Penny’s third start against the Blue Jays in 2009, and he’s gone 1-0 so far with a 2.84 ERA, improving his career record to 3-0 and a 3.19 ERA in six starts. The 31-year-old righthander hasn’t allowed more than three runs in nine of his last 10 starts. Tallet was rocked for eight runs on 11 hits in a 10-9 loss at Tampa Bay, and he’s struggling a bit with his control as he is now second in the American League in walks. To be honest, Tallet has fared pretty well in his first season as a starter, but maybe the extra innings are taking a toll on his arm, which should give the Red Sox the edge in your sportsbook.

MLB betting pick: Red Sox

Sunday, July 19, 1:07 PM ET
Jon Lester (8-6, 3.87) vs Roy Halladay (10-3, 2.85)

After a shaky start to the campaign, Lester came alive as the All-Star break approached, giving up only four runs in his last 21.2 innings of work. The 25-year-old southpaw is 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA against the Blue Jays this year, boosting his career mark to 3-2 in seven starts and a 3.25 ERA. Halladay is coming off the AL starting nod in the All-Star game, but he’s also been the subject of trade speculation as the Blue Jays look to get something for their ace before he leaves for nothing next summer. The 32-year-old righthander is 12-12 in 37 outings (34 starts) against the Red Sox with a 4.46 ERA, but he gets them at Rogers Center, where he is 6-2 this year with an ERA of 3.00 in nine starts. There won’t be a lot of runs scored in this one, so be sure you check the sports betting lines for the posted total.

MLB betting pick: Blue Jays

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Before his arm flamed out, Dale “Skip” Lalonde was famous for his high-90s heat and power at the plate. He retired young but never turned his back on baseball, earning the nickname “Skip” for his high-school coaching prowess. A true student of the game, he loves crunching the numbers when he handicaps baseball.



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