MLB Odds: Blue Jays vs. Red Sox MLB Picks – September 30, 2009: This is clearly not the way manager Terry Francona would have liked his team to get into the 2009 Postseason, but I’m sure he’ll take it. Last night, the Boston Red Sox backed in to the 2009 Playoffs by losing their 5th consecutive game, but were bailed out by their first round opponent LA Angels who defeated the Texas Rangers, 5-2.
With just 5 games remaining on the MLB schedule, the last thing Boston wants to do is go into the postseason cold and with no momentum at all. Tonight, the Boston Red Sox [+145 ML] will play their series finale against the sports betting odds favorite Toronto Blue Jays [-160 ML]. Why are the Blue Jays favorites in this game?
For starters, the pitching matchup certainly favors the visitors, as RHP Roy Halladay (16-10, 2.90 ERA) will likely be making his last start of the season and possibly in a Blue Jays uniform. "I haven't put a lot of thought into it," Halladay said of his potential moving. "I have another year. That's where it stands right now, and that's the way I look at it."
Doc’s opponent tonight will be the knuckleballer RHP Tim Wakefield (11-4, 4.33 ERA). Thus, the OVER/UNDER for this MLB Odds: Blue Jays vs. Red Sox MLB Picks – September 30, 2009 game has been set at a combined total of 8½ runs scored. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t see the Red Sox getting past the LA Angels this year in the postseason. Not the way they matchup at least.
"It all changes in the playoffs," David Ortiz said. "It's a short series, and that gets in people's heads a lot. You never know. Anyone can come out of the box and surprise everyone. You saw how those guys from Tampa Bay did it last year. Everybody was surprised. Short series, man, anything can happen. But playing good helps. I'm not going to lie to you. When you're playing good, that takes you to the playoffs with a good mood."
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