Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox Betting Preview - April 9

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Don Shapiro
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The Toronto Blue Jays take on the Boston Red Sox in a 2 pm EST game.


The two teams come into this one with identical 3-8 records.

The Red Sox still have 15-2 odds of winning the 2019 World Series.

The Blue Jays have odds of 300-1.

Boston is a -270 favorite to win here.  Despite this high price they are the most wagered on side early.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Matt Shoemaker (2-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH Chris Sale (0-2, 8.00)

Shoemaker is in the early conversation for the best offseason acquisition after posting near identical lines in each of his first two starts, allowing two hits over seven scoreless innings in victories over Detroit and Baltimore. A former 16-game winner who was limited to 21 starts over the previous two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, the 32-year-old has 15 strikeouts against only three walks. Mitch Moreland is 3-for-7 with a homer, two doubles and five RBIs against Shoemaker.

Concerns abound about the diminished velocity of Sale, who struck out at least 10 on 11 occasions last season before going on the disabled list for a second time due to shoulder inflammation. He was shelled for seven runs and three homers over three innings in his season debut at Seattle before tossing six strong innings and yielding one run on three hits over six innings at Oakland. Signed to a $145 million extension last month, Sale was 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts against Toronto in 2018.

2019 MLB Record: 4-1 (80%)

2018-19 College Basketball Record: 12-9 (57.1%)

2018-19 NBA Record: 6-3 (66.6%)

2018 MLB Record: 45-35 (56.2%)

2018 NBA Record: 12-4-1 (75%)

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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