Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox – 7/18/17 MLB Tuesday Preview and Pick
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox continue this week’s extended four-game AL East clash this Tuesday night with Game 2 in a 7:10p.m. (ET) start at Fenway Park.
Toronto at Boston Game Preview
Toronto dropped two of three road games this past weekend against the Detroit Tigers to start the second half of the season on a losing note. It is now 42-49 on the year heading into Monday’s series opener. The Blue Jays fell to 20-25 on the road and the total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in five of their last seven road games on BetAnySports’ closing line.
Look for JA Happ to get the start for Toronto on Tuesday night. The left-hander is 3-6 this season with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He last took the mound on July 9 against Houston and got tagged with the loss after allowing three home runs in four innings pitched. He has failed to go a full seven innings in any of his previous 10 starts.
Boston is coming a 2-2 weekend split at home against the New York Yankees where it won the first and last game of that extended four-game series. It is now 52-41 heading into this AL East tilt and three games ahead of Tampa Bay in the division race. The Red Sox are 27-16 at home this season and the total has stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in five of their last six home games.
Following Friday’s 5-4 victory against the Yankees’ as a -135 home favorite, Boston’s lineup only managed to score a total of four runs in the next three games. This is still one of the better hitting lineups in the American League with an average of 4.7 runs per game. Doug Fister was on the list as Tuesday’s starter, but some MLB pitching reports have the Red Sox undecided for Game 2. If Fister does get the call, he comes in with 7.94 ERA over his last 11 1/3 innings pitched.
Toronto at Boston Free Game Prediction
Despite some question marks on the mound for Game 2, I am still going with Boston on Tuesday night. The Red Sox have had a fair amount of success against Toronto lately and the home edge at Fenway should prevail in this matchup.