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Blue Jays vs Red Sox Analysis and Odds July 17th-20th

The first game out of the All-star break saw Aaron Sanchez and the Blue Jays turn in a solid performance as the team started the unofficial second half of the season on the right foot with a win over the struggling Detroit Tigers.

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Unfortunately for Toronto (42-49) the games on Saturday and Sunday saw much of the same disappointment as they’ve shown the entire year when both starters struggled with control issues. The team dropped the next two games of the season against a sub-par Detroit Tigers team and they dropped yet another series with a trip to Fenway Park next on the docket.

Toronto will open up a four game series against Boston on Monday as they will have a chance to close the nine game gap on the division leading Red Sox. 

Monday July 17th Stroman (9-5, 3.28 ERA) vs Rodriguez (4-2, 3.54 ERA)

The series opens with Toronto’s best starter this season taking on the AL East leaders at the always pesky Fenway Park. Marcus Stroman has been one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise underwhelming starting rotation this season for Toronto as he looks for win number 10 on the year. Monday marks the second meeting of the year against Boston for Stroman who will be looking for a better fortune this time out. His first meeting back in April saw him get pounded for six runs on 11 hits as the team dropped the game 8-7.

Rodriguez counters for Boston who will be facing Toronto for the first time as a starter. He got just one inning of work in his last outing against the Jays that saw him pitch a clean inning of relief as he struck out two batters in a very effective outing. Our Jays Red Sox odds below come from William Hill sportsbook. They offer a $100 sign up bonus for new Canadian customers who use bonus code: CAN100. You can deposit to Will Hill using Instadebit, Electronic Cheque, Visa, MasterCard, Entropay and PaySafeCard. Full WIlliam Hill Review

Team (Pitcher) Odds from William Hill Sportsbook Run Line Money Line Over/Under
Toronto Blue Jays (Stroman) -1.5 @ 2.50 1.91 Over 9.5 @ 2.05
Boston Red Sox (Rodriguez) +1.5 @ 1.59 1.91 Under 9.5 @ 1.80

Tuesday July 18th Happ (3-6, 3.54 ERA) vs Fister (0-2, 6.14 ERA)

On Tuesday JA Happ will be facing Boston for the first time this season and will look to make a strong start amid the rumours that the big lefty is on the trade block. Happ has shown signs of coming around to the 20 game winning form from a year ago however has been victim of very little run support from hit team and will now be facing one of the best right-handed hitting lineups in all of baseball.

Doug Fister has been an unmitigated disaster thus far for his new club as he is in search of his first win on the year. Fister will be making only his fifth start for the Red Sox and has only made it out of the sixth inning once over that span. Though it is a small sample size, Fister has pitched just 17.1 innings this season while surrendering 20 hits and 15 runs while walking almost as many batters as strikeouts. This is a game that has the makings of a lot of runs scored.

Team (Pitcher) Odds from William Hill Sportsbook Run Line Money Line Over/Under
Toronto Blue Jays (Happ) +1.5 @ 1.53 2.00 Over 9.5 @ 1.90
Boston Red Sox (Johnson) -1.5 @ 2.65 1.83 Under 9.5 @ 1.95

Wednesday July 19th Sanchez (1-2, 4.85 ERA) vs Pomeranz (9-4, 3.60 ERA)

The series will feature the most competitive matchup on Wednesday night when the Jays deploy Aaron Sanchez to the mound looking for his second win, but is coming off his best outing of the year. Sanchez looked dominant in his series opener against Detroit last time out and he held the Tigers at bay going six strong innings without allowing an earned run and striking out four. 

Drew Pomeranz has looked good this season for his new team and will look to make it two straight solid outings against Toronto. Pomeranz faced the Jays earlier this month at Rogers Center where he was the benefactor of a tonne of run support and he kept the struggling Jays offense silent when he allowed just one run on five hits as his team stomped on Toronto 15-1.

Thursday July 20th Liriano (5-4, 5.56 ERA) vs Sale (11-2, 2.75 ERA)

The series wraps up on Thursday afternoon with an all lefty pitching matchup including Chris Sale of Boston who is in line to win the AL Cy Young. Sale has come as advertised for Boston who are seeing one of the most dominant stretches of a starting pitcher in their storied franchise. Not only is sale amongst the league leaders in nearly every pitching category, he has been especially tough on the Blue Jays this year. Through his two starts against Toronto this year Sale has pitched 15.0 innings of shutout baseball, scattering eight hits over that time but striking out a whopping 24 batters.

Toronto counter with fellow lefty Francisco Liriano who was pulled from his last start in Detroit due to neck tightness after just 2.0 innings of work. Liriano is 1-1 on the year against Boston picking up his first win of the year with a solid start at the Dome where he shut the door on Boston over 5.1 innings of six strikeout ball. His next outing against the Sox wasn’t nearly as fruitful as he surrendered five earned runs and seven hits over six innings while his team lost the game 7-1.