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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta watches a throw during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Kyle Barrette

A new week starts today, and we’re starting with a familiar face, just in a new place. It’s everyone’s favorite time of the week: Nick Pivetta Day. For good reason, we have highlighted most, if not all, of his starts and, for good reason, we will continue to milk this cash cow that should be a AAA player for all he’s worth. The only question is which angle we will attack from this time.

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Blue Jays:
The Jays returned home after a 4-2 road trip and picked up the win against the struggling Red Sox last night. The Jays’ pitching has been red hot lately. Over that road trip, the pitching staff only had one game where they allowed the opponent more than three runs. These were games against all-star teams from Boston and Houston. The trend continued last night as the Sox were only able to muster two runs. Tonight won’t be easy for them either, as the Jays will send Kevin Gausman to the hill, who has had a solid start to the season and in his last start, went eight innings, allowing one run against these same Red Sox. In his career against the current Red Sox hitters, Gausman has a 27% strikeout rate and is only allowing a .210 average to Red Sox hitters.

Red Sox:
Is it me or is this kind of what Boston does? Things start slow, they might move a piece or get someone at the deadline, but Alex Cora always seems to rally everyone together and Boston is fighting in the end. For now, they are in the struggling portion of their accent. Boston is 4-6 in their last 10 and comes into tonight’s game having lost three in a row. We all know Pivetta is on the hill tonight for the Sox. He has allowed four or more runs in each start this season. In his last outing, he allowed five to these same Blue Jays. His walk rate is still sky high, and he does not have good strikeout numbers. In 84 at-bats against Blue Jays batters, he has allowed a .329 average and a 15% strikeout rate.

Blue Jays vs Red Sox Pick: Blue Jays F5 -.5 
Expect this to play out almost like it did the last time. After facing Pivetta, the Blue Jays’ batters should be even sharper. The Red Sox are struggling to score more than two runs, and their starter is struggling not to give up runs. It’s a recipe for success.

Same Game Parlay:
Toronto Blue Jays F5 ML, Guerrero Jr. to hit a HR, Guerrero Jr. to record 2+ hits and George Springer to record a run.

SGP Odds +1194

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