Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays meet up for game one of their series in Fenway Park. The red Sox are -135 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total of 9.5.
The Boston Red Sox continue to chase the New York Yankees in the American League East but while they still trail New York they are distancing themselves from the chasers in the Wild Card race in the American League. The Red Sox have won four games in a row, are 22-16 at home this season, and are 5-5 in their last 10 games. As a team Boston has the best batting average in baseball at .275 led by Adrian Gonzalez at .350, Jacoby Ellsbury at .302, David Ortiz at .301, and Dustin Pedroia at .278. As a team the Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 4.15 with the starters at 4.02 and the bullpen at 3.84. For game one against the Jays Boston starts John Lackey who has taken his share of lumps since becoming a member of the Sox. For the season Lackey has allowed 82 hits and 53 runs while striking out 43 over 70 innings of work.
The Toronto Blue Jays aren’t quite competing in the American League East but as we saw when they beat the Phillies on Sunday they are never to be taken too lightly. The Blue Jays are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 22-22 on the road this season, and 11 games back in the AL East. As a team Toronto is hitting .253 led by Jose Bautista at .331 with 27 home runs, Adam Lind at .310, and Yunel Escobar at .289. As a team the Blue Jays’ pitching staff has an ERA of 4.15 with the starters at 4.48 and the bullpen at 3.53. For game one at Fenway Park Toronto starts Brandon Morrow who has won his last two decisions. For the season Morrow has allowed 70 hits and 38 earned runs while striking out 91 over 75 innings of work.
Boston is 8-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record, 19-8 in their last 27 games overall, and 15-7 in Lackey’s last 22 home starts. Toronto is 1-4 in their last five game one of a series, 2-5 in their last seven games overall, and 5-1 in Morrow’s last six road starts. Toronto is 2-6 in the last eight meetings of these two.
Lackey is a pitcher I am avoiding these days and to get a shot at him as a favorite is even better as it should be a decent payer. I’m taking the Blue Jays plus the 115.
Toronto Blue Jays +115 Boston Red Sox