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Posted at 12:15 PM EST.
7:10 PM EST. As value bettors, this one may not seem like it has any but we’re also situational bettors and in this case, situation takes precedence over value. The Blue Jays played their final home game of the season yesterday to a packed house (47,000+) at Rogers Center. Playing in his last home game as a Blue Jay, the day was all about long-time Toronto slugger Jose Bautista.
From the time starter Marcus Stroman warmed up in a vintage Bautista jersey, until the final curtain call, the packed house took every chance to stand and cheer Bautista, who has recorded some of the biggest hits in club history, including the memorable bat flip when he hit a three-run home run off Texas Rangers reliever Sam Dyson, which ultimately sent the Jays to the 2015 ALCS. Manager John Gibbons pulled Bautista from right field with one out in the top of the ninth to allow the crowd to give the long-time Jay an emotional send-off. Bautista hugged many of his teammates as he made his way off the field, ran to the dugout, then came out for another acknowledgment and was given a standing ovation. Make no mistake that it was an emotional day with a playoff like atmosphere. The day was about Joey Bats, as he was the face of the franchise for a number of years. Coming off very few highs this season, one really has to wonder where Toronto’s motivation will come from today.
The Jays will end the season with six games on the road with no chance of impacting Boston’s chances of missing the playoffs. Boston is in and needs just one more win to lock up the AL East. Thus, the Jays are likely going to be on a big emotional low here after such a high yesterday. Aside from that, they are inferior to the Red Sox in every area, especially on the mound with Drew Pomeranz going up against Brett Anderson and their strong bullpen up against Toronto’s struggling ‘pen.
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BOSTON -1½ -105 (Risking 2.1 units - To Win: 2.00)