Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays – MLB, August 6th, 2021
Boston continues their plight to win the AL East division on Friday when they battle their rivals on the road. Toronto is the favorite, as they try to keep the good times rolling after going 7-3 over their last 10 games.
Let’s see which bet stands out in this rivalry clash, as I break things down in Friday’s Red Sox vs. Blue Jays betting pick and prediction.
Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Odds for August 6
The Red Sox are interesting underdogs from the jump. They come in as +126 underdogs at most MLB betting sites, largely because they have inferior pitching.
Boston has been underwhelming lately, too. They’re just 4-6 over their last 10 games, but they do wield powerful bats and have gone 31-23 on the road in 2021.
Toronto hasn’t exactly crushed it (27-23) at home, but they’ve been in better form and have the offense to match wits with Boston.
Boston’s moneyline is clearly alluring here, but the bet that stands out is the Over.
The 9 game total feels low for a game that features a slew of bombers. Boston and Toronto are both bottom-10 when it comes to hitting on the Over this season, however.
Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Game Preview
This matchup feels like a toss-up. There is a ton of power in this game, and yet the pitching is actually pretty good.
Nathan Eovaldi has been serviceable for the Red Sox, as he sports a 9-6 record and a 3.71 ERA with 120 Ks. He’s been at his best at Fenway in 2021, but he hasn’t had much trouble with the long ball, and he churned out six shutout innings the one time he faced Toronto.
That said, he’d be running into a murderer’s row of powerful righties here. He’s fared better against lefties across the board.
Manoah has dazzled at home (1.54 ERA) especially, and righties haven’t been able to do much of anything against him yet. He also stifled Boston (5 Ks, 1 ER) across six innings the only time he’s faced them.
Obviously, the past doesn’t always predict the future. Both pitchers could easily get blown up here. However, the matchup does tend to favor Manoah slightly on paper, which works to explain why Toronto is favored.
Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Pick for August 6
Boston at +126 still feels like a smash play. I am making it a secondary bet here, though, just because the Red Sox haven’t looked the best lately, and Manoah is rather good.
If you need to bet on a team here, the Red Sox makes sense based on their talent, incentive, and price.
The price is still plenty fine, and the reality is both of these offenses can take care of a 9 run total all by themselves.
Eovaldi can be had, and facing a slew of lethal righties isn’t ideal. Manoah is still young and inexperienced, too. Overall, the Over screams to me, and Boston at +126 looks like a solid second option.