The Toronto Blue Jays have earned just two wins in their last seven road contests as they open up a two-game set against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday night as small +100 underdogs on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Toronto suffered a pair of disappointing defeats to close out its four-game weekend series in Kansas City, dropping the team’s record to a middling 7-9 going into Tuesday night’s game.
After averaging seven runs per game while closing out their first homestand of the season on a 3-1 run, the Blue Jays’ offensive production steadily tapered off over the course of their series with the Royals. The club racked up 10 total runs while splitting the first two games of the set, but was limited to just two total runs on seven hits while ending the weekend with consecutive losses.
Injuries have played an increasing role in Toronto’s fortunes, particularly among the team’s pitching staff. Already struggling to compensate for the loss of hurlers Nate Pearson and Kirby Yates prior to the start of the campaign, the Blue Jays have also had to make do without starter Ross Stripling and reliever Julian Merryweather. The team is also still waiting for George Springer to recover from a quad injury, while infielder Cavan Biggio is considered questionable as he nurses a hand injury.
Fortunately, those injury woes come during a favourable stretch in the schedule. Starting with Monday’s travel day, the Blue Jays will enjoy four days off over an 11-day stretch. The light schedule also provides Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo with an opportunity to lean heavily on his top starters.
Left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu is expected to get the call for the Blue Jays in Tuesday’s series opener in Boston. Ryu is coming off a stellar four-hit performance in a 7-3 win over the Yankees last Tuesday. The 34-year-old has surrendered just four earned runs in 19.0 total innings of work so far this season, compiling a 1-1 record with a 1.89 ERA.
The Blue Jays will be looking for their ace to provide more of the same against the Red Sox, who are set as -120 favourites for Tuesday night at online betting sites. Boston has emerged as one of the early surprises of the season during a fast start that has lifted them to the top of the AL East standings. The Red Sox posted a decisive 11-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday afternoon to improve to an AL-leading 11-6.
However, the Red Sox have produced mixed results at home against Toronto, going 2-4 in their past six clashes at Fenway Park according to the OddsShark MLB Database.