Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox
The Toronto Blue Jays look to slow down the surging and red hot Boston Red Sox as they meet for game two of their series in Toronto. The Blue Jays are -120 favorites over the Red Sox with an over/under run total set at 9.5
The Toronto Blue Jays lost for the second time in a row on Friday and dropped back to .500 on the season and five and a half games back in the American League East. Corey Patterson had two hits and scored a run, Juan Rivera had an RBI, and Jose Bautista and Adam Lind had hits in the four hit one run offensive output. Starter Jo-Jo Reyes allowed eight hits and four runs while striking out three over 6.1 innings of work to take his fifth loss of the year. For Saturday’s early start Toronto sends Brandon Morrow to the mound for the start as he looks for his first win since May 15th. For the season Morrow has allowed 46 hits and 25 earned runs while striking out 62 in 50 innings of work.
The Boston Red Sox are currently the hottest team in baseball and they are looking to take control of the always tough American League East as they lead by two games over the New York Yankees. Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia each had three hits and Adrian Gonzalez had two hits and drove in two as the Red Sox had 11 hits and five runs on the night. Starter Clay Buchholz allowed three hits and a run while striking out six over seven innings of work to earn his fifth win of the season. Boston looks to keep the ball rolling as the start John Lackey who has been nothing but a disappointment since joining the team. For the season Lackey has allowed 56 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 21 in 45 innings of work.
Toronto is 1-5 in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 1-4 in Morrow’s last five home starts, and 7-2 in Morrow’s last nine starts against the AL East. Boston is 9-1 in their last 10 road games, 8-0 in their last eight games against the AL East, and 23-8 in their last 31 games overall. Boston is 11-4 in their last 15 meetings in Toronto.
John Lackey simply isn’t a good option as a Major League pitcher as Boston tries to save face in the wake of their extravagant spending throughout the years. Take the Blue Jays minus the 120.
Toronto Blue Jays -120 Boston Red Sox