The Red Sox quest to make up ground in the AL East standings continues tonight as they host Toronto for game two of a three game set at Fenway Park. Tonight’s rivalry tilt, which features hurlers Carlos Villanueva and Aaron Cook, is scheduled for a 7:10pm ET start. Boston is drawing -136 moneyline odds and +145 odds as a -1.5 run line play in the latest MLB Point Spreads. Tonight’s game total is set at 10 runs.
Toronto entered last night’s series opener having lost three straight games to the Yankees in New York. Despite the slide, the Blue Jays easily overcame the Red Sox, pounding Boston 6-1 to improve to 46-47 overall.
Toronto will look to steal the series tonight and bring its record to an even .500 for the season with reliever turned starter Carlos Villanueva toeing the rubber. The Dominican native has been masterful, for the most part, in both roles this year as he brings a 2.68 ERA and 1.33 WHIP to the bump tonight. Villanueva is coming off his second consecutive quality start, a 3-0 Blue Jays win over the Indians. Despite issuing five free passes, Villanueva, who has struck out 57 batters in 50 innings pitched, limited Cleveland to zero earned runs over six innings.
Countering tonight for the Red Sox is veteran right hander Aaron Cook. Cook, who spent the first nine years of his career in a Rockies uniform, turned in seven innings his last time out, but he still failed to get the win over the White Sox as he left with the game in a 1-1 tie. Boston plated four runners in the bottom of the eighth to get the victory, though. Cook is 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in five starts this season.
Boston, which at 48-46 remains 9.5 games back of the division leading Yankees, is 5-5 against the Blue Jays this season. The Red Sox are 8-4 in their last 12 meetings with Toronto at Fenway Park.
MLB Point Spreads Betting Trend: The Under is 8-2 in the Blue Jays last 10 games as a road dog in the month of July (Toronto is 3-7 in those games).
Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox 2012 MLB Point Spreads: Provided by TopBet.eu
Toronto Blue Jays +1.5 (-165), Over 10 (-110), +126 (Moneyline)
Boston Red Sox -1.5 (+145), Under 10 (-110), -136 (Moneyline)