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MLB Odds: Blue Jays and Red Sox Square Off on Thursday

by: Philly Godfather - posted on: 08-Aug-2018

Two AL East opponents will play the final of a three-game set this Thursday (7:07 PM ET) as the Toronto Blue Jays host the Boston Red Sox. With a comfortable 9-game lead in the AL East, the Red Sox will be looking to stay the course and avoid injury in the final 50 games of the season.

Coming off of one of the best starts of his career, Rick Porcello will be keen to pounce on the offensively-challenged Jays. In a playoff-like matchup against the New York Yankees last Friday, the veteran righty held New York's explosive offence to just one hit in a complete game victory. With a stingy 3.84 ERA over 140.2 innings pitched, Porcello's laser sharp pitching will be on full display this Thursday.

For the Jays, rookie Ryan Borucki is making his ninth career start and second against Boston. Like Porcello, Borucki is coming off the best start of his career. He held the Seattle Mariners to four hits and one unearned run over eight innings pitched. In fact, the 24-year-old has pitched six or more innings in all but one of his eight career starts. If the rookie can finish out the season this way, he'll be a bright spot in an otherwise dim Blue Jays season.