Blue Jays home underdogs hosting Padres on Friday night

Clayton Richard made his debut as the Toronto Blue Jays fell to the Boston Red Sox 8-2.

The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to rebound from Thursday’s crushing 8-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox when they open a rare three-game home series with the San Diego Padres on Friday as +115 underdogs on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto’s recent struggles continued while dropping three of four to the Red Sox, leaving the team with just six wins in its last 22 games ahead of Friday night’s Padres vs. Blue Jays betting matchup at Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays have struggled on both sides of the ball during their current swoon, surrendering five or more runs in 10 of their past 22 outings while scoring three or fewer runs in 13 of their past 16 defeats.

However, when the team has won, it has won big, averaging 7.2 runs per game over their past five victories, contributing to uneven results in totals betting, with the OVER going 10-10-1 over their past 21 outings.

Now teetering on the brink of freefall, the Blue Jays enter the weekend well out of contention in the AL East standings with a 20-30 record. That is reflected on the World Series odds, where Toronto now sits as a distant +35000 bet, well back of their +7500 opening odds.

Home field has provided no comfort for the Blue Jays, who have gone 2-8 since recording their lone home series win of the season, a three-game sweep of the Oakland A’s back in late April. The team has also come up short in limited interleague action this season, splitting a pair of games in San Francisco after dropping two to the Giants last month at Rogers Centre.

Overall, the Blue Jays have produced middling results when facing opponents from the National League, going 8-8 in their past 16, but are 9-5 in 14 home meetings with Senior Circuit clubs.

Conversely, San Diego hopes to have turned a corner as the club arrives in town as -135 chalk at online betting sites for Friday’s contest. The Padres open a six-game eastern road trip after shutting down Arizona in a three-game sweep, limiting the Diamondbacks to just five total runs, capped by a 5-2 win as -133 favourites on Wednesday.

That sweep put the brakes on a dismal 7-13 run during which the Padres tallied consecutive wins on just one occasion. However, the road has not been kind to San Diego, with the team falling to defeat in seven of 10 outings. The Padres also dropped two of three to the Blue Jays in their only previous visit to Toronto back in July 2016.

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