Blue Jays small underdogs in series opener hosting White Sox

Sportsnet's Buck Martinez and Dan Shulman discuss the Toronto Blue Jays' scoring slump against the Detroit Tigers and what that means heading into their next series with the Chicago White Sox.

The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to end a lengthening slump that threatens to bounce them from post-season contention when they open a crucial four-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Monday night as small -108 home underdogs on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with a crushing 5-3 extra-innings loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, and now sits 11.5 games back of the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays going into Monday night's matchup at the Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays sent eight pitchers to the mound while falling to the Tigers in 11 innings in Sunday's series finale. In addition, Toronto batters went a dismal 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position. With the loss, the Blue Jays have now fallen to defeat in seven of their past nine outings, and have scored just seven total runs through the first three dates on their current seven-game homestand.

Now set as a fading +3300 wager on the World Series odds, time is quickly running out for the Blue Jays as just 40 games remain on the team's schedule. However, with 10 of their next 13 contests coming on home turf, the Blue Jays have opportunity to return to the AL wild card race.

The additional challenge now facing the team is to overcome its recent shaky record against the White Sox. The Blue Jays dropped two of three to the White Sox in Chicago earlier this season, and have posted consecutive wins just once while going 6-8 over their past 14 clashes with the AL Central leaders.

However, the White Sox are dealing with hardships of their own as they arrive in Toronto for Monday's series opener as -112 favourites at online sports betting sites. The White Sox closed out a three-game weekend set in Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon with a lopsided 9-0 loss, surrendering 17 total runs in back-to-back losses to the Rays.

Overall, Chicago has been outscored by a wide 27-14 margin while dropping four of its past five on the road. In addition, they are currently on an uninspiring 1-4 run against opponents from the AL East, which marks a stark turnaround after going 14-2 in their previous 16 such outings.

Despite their struggles to regain the form that rocketed them to the top of the divisional standings during the first half, the White Sox have avoided falling into any epic slumps. The team has lost more than two in a row just once since the all-star break, and on just four occasions all season.

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