Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox
After a 21 run night on Wednesday the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox meet again in Toronto. The Blue Jays are -150 favorites over the Red Sox with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of all of their base runners on Wednesday and they need all of the runs they could score as they edged the Red Sox in a slug fest. J.P. Arencibia homered, Edwin Encarnacion had two hits and five RBI’s, and Jose Bautista had a hit, two RBI’s, and scored two runs as the Blue Jays scored 11 runs on eight hits. On the mound starter Brandon Morrow lasted just 4.1 innings allowing eight hits and eight runs and striking out five and Frank Francisco held on in the end as he allowed three hits and two runs in the ninth inning. For Thursday’s game Toronto starts Ricky Romero who last time out to end a string of six winning decisions. For the season Romero has allowed 153 hits and 64 earned runs while striking out 157 in 193.2 innings of work.
The Boston Red Sox slugged it out with the Blue Jays on Wednesday but in the end they fell just short. Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz, and Adrian Gonzalez all homered as the Red Sox scored 10 runs off of 14 hits. Starter Tim Wakefield allowed just three hits but three walks and he allowed five runs while Daniel Bard was shelled allowing five runs off of three walks and a hit. For Thursday’s game Boston starts Andrew Miller who has won two of his last three but who was bombed in his last outing where he lasted just 1.1 innings. For the season Miller has allowed 66 hits and 33 earned runs while striking out 40 over 56.1 innings of work.
Toronto is 1-6 in their last seven games against a left handed starter, 7-3 in their last 10 games asa favorite, and 8-1 in Romero’s last nine starts. Boston is 27-11 in their last 38 against the A.L. East, 37-17 in their last 54 road games, and 5-1 in Miller’s last six starts. Toronto is 0-5 in Romero’s last five home starts against Boston.
After the offensive show on Wednesday we see a lot less hitting here and this one stays under the total.