If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Thursday when the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox meet at Fenway Park.
The Blue Jays will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Chien-Ming Wang in this game. Wang has a 1-0 record and a 2.18 ERA this season.
The Red Sox will counter Wang with Jon Lester. Lefthander Lester has a 4.57 ERA to go along with a 7-4 record this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Red Sox listed as 165-moneyline favorites versus the Blue Jays, while the game's total is sitting at 9½.
Toronto won its last outing, a 3-0 result against the Rays on June 26. Bettors who backed the Blue Jays at +104 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Boston won its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Rockies on June 26. Bettors who backed the Red Sox at -186 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Boston has won 2 straight games.
Toronto: 39-38 SU
Boston: 47-33 SU
TORONTO MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After a win are 9-1
BOSTON MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Colorado are 6-4
After a win are 4-6
A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games on the road
Toronto is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston
Toronto is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home
Boston is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Toronto
Boston home to Toronto, Friday, June 28