Blue Jays vs Red Sox Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for May 2 (Yusei Kikuchi Frustrates Boston Batters)

Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox prediction, odds and betting insights for MLB regular season game.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox prediction, odds and betting insights for MLB regular season game. / AP Photo/Seth Wenig

The Toronto Blue Jays (18-11) look to get revenge for last night's loss against the Boston Red Sox (16-14) when they meet on Tuesday, May 2 in their second matchup of a four-game series.

Blue Jays vs Red Sox Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
  • Time: 7:10 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Fenway Park -- Boston, Massachusetts
  • Coverage: TBS

The Blue Jays and Red Sox scored runs back and forth last night, resulting in a 5-5 tie at the bottom of the ninth inning. That's when Boston outfielder Alex Verdugo decided to play hero, hitting his fifth home run — his third walk-off hit of the year — to seal the 6-5 victory for the Red Sox.

Blue Jays vs Red Sox Odds & Spread

  • All MLB betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: TOR: (-132) | BOS: (+112)
  • Spread: TOR: -1.5 (+122) | BOS: +1.5 (-146)
  • Total: 9.5 -- Over: (-105) | Under: (-115)

The Blue Jays enter this contest as road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 9.5 runs with the Under being favored at -115 odds.

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Blue Jays vs Red Sox Betting Trends

  • Toronto is 9-1 straight up in its last 10 games against Boston.
  • Boston is 4-1 straight up in its last five home games.
  • The total has hit the under in nine of Toronto's last 12 games against the AL.
  • The total has hit the over in each of Boston's last five games against Toronto.

Blue Jays vs Red Sox Prediction & Pick

With nine wins in their last 10 games against the Red Sox, the Blue Jays turn to starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi to keep that dominance going. The season is still early, but Kikuchi is already off to a career year, going 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.111 WHIP through five starts. He's also allowed just two runs on 12 hits over his last 17 2/3 innings.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox hope that Tanner Houck can keep pace with Kikuchi. While Houck has been decent this season (3-1, 4.50 ERA in five starts), he gave up four runs on seven hits with just two strikeouts over five innings in a 6-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in his last outing. He also failed to beat the Blue Jays in three previous starts.

Even though the Red Sox got the last laugh last night, I see the Blue Jays exacting revenge. Kikuchi gives them a clear-cut edge in the pitching department, as does their past dominance over the Red Sox. With how dangerous Toronto's batting lineup is, I don't see Houck lasting too long tonight.

Back the Blue Jays to get back into the win column after last night's defeat.

Final Score Prediction: Blue Jays: 5 | Red Sox: 3

Blue Jays vs Red Sox Best Bet

Kikuchi has been piling up the strikeouts in his second season as a Blue Jay. He's averaging 9.3 per nine innings, which is above his career average of 8.7. His strikeout total for tonight sits at 5.5 — a number that he won't have issues surpassing. He's averaging 6.5 strikeouts in his last four starts, finishing with the Over in all but one game.

Equipped with one of the most dangerous sliders in the Majors, I see Kikuchi having a strong performance.

Bet: Yusei Kikuchi Strikeouts — Over 5.5 (+126)

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