In today’s MLB betting guide, the Boston Red Sox visit the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game battle to determine the second-best team in the AL East. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Guardians will duel five times in four days to decide who reigns supreme in the AL Central.
Boston Red Sox (+165) vs Toronto Blue Jays (-185)
Entering the contest as winners of their last seven games and 8-2 in their previous 10, the Red Sox are riding a wave of momentum that has propelled them into second place in the AL East. Connor Seabold will take to the mound for just the second time this year after being recalled from the minors. Boston has been dealing with some injury troubles, with seven total on the list, including pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Whitlock. Seabold made his MLB debut in September last year and currently holds a 2.09 ERA (earned run average) in 11 starts with Boston’s minor-league affiliate.
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The Blue Jays are on a downward spiral this month, losing three consecutive series against the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers. Losers of six of their last nine games, Toronto has dropped to fourth in the AL East, holding an identical record with the Tampa Bay Rays. They’ll depend on Kevin Gausman for a solid start against a red-hot Red Sox team. He’s 2-3 in his last seven games, dropping two decisions to the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers in his previous three starts. Gausman allowed 46 hits in 34 innings during that span, suffering through a 4.09 ERA as a result. Take the Blue Jays to run away with this one and go with the over (O9.0, -120).
Minnesota Twins (-130) vs Cleveland Guardians (+110)
The last time the Twins squared off against the Guardians, they were pumped for 17 runs in the first two games before shutting them out in the third match to avoid the sweep. Minnesota will need to be better in a five-game set to close out the month or they may relinquish the second seed in the division. Sonny Gray looks promising as tonight’s starter with his 3-0 in his last seven games. He sports a 1.98 ERA in that span, striking out 41 batters in 36.1 innings pitched while allowing 29 hits. He wasn’t great in his previous outing against the Guardians, allowing eight hits in three innings, and will be looking for some retribution.
After dropping the Twins in two of three games, the Guardians ended last week with a thud after losing all three contests against the Red Sox. While they maintain a hold on the top spot in the AL Central, the next five games are crucial. Triston McKenzie will start the match for Cleveland in a rematch between himself and Twins’ starting pitcher Gray. He too was smashed in the 11-10 final, allowing nine hits in three innings for six runs. His ERA took a hit as a result, but McKenzie still sports a 3.51 ERA on the year with 66 strikeouts in 74.1 innings and is in a position to earn himself a win tonight. Previous history should repeat itself tonight and the Guardians should have no problem holding on to the top seed in the division, and go with the over (O8.0, -120).
Odds via Bet365.
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