The Toronto Blue Jays (61-68, –16.62 betting units) need to start winning right now if they want to stay in the American League Wild Card race. The Boston Red Sox (73-56, +0.99 units), meanwhile, come out of the weekend after three straight losses. It’s as good a time as any to host the AL East leaders; Game 2 of their three-game series goes Tuesday at 7:07 p.m. Eastern on Sportsnet and NESN.
Unfortunately for the Jays, they’ll be facing Chris Sale (2.07 FIP) on Tuesday. He’s a top Cy Young candidate for the Red Sox, but again, Sale was one of the pitchers who got lit up for Boston last week, giving up six earned runs over three innings in Thursday’s 13-6 loss to Cleveland (+149 at home). Despite the loss, the Sox are still 18-8 behind Sale this year for 3.05 units in earnings, with the UNDER at 16-10.
Tom Koehler (6.59 FIP) will be making his second start for Toronto after being acquired from the Miami Marlins earlier this month. The 31-year-old righty from The Bronx pitched five strong innings last Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays, but the Jays lost 2-0 as +143 road dogs.