Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays face off on Friday in game two of their series at Fenway Park in Boston. The red Sox are -113 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set 9.5.
The Boston Red Sox rode a fast start on Thursday and cruised to a win against the Blue Jays. Dustin Pedroia hit a home run, Jarrod Saltalamacchia had two hits, and David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury each had hits as the Red Sox scored seven runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Jon Lester had a large cushion to work with, allowing five hits and four runs while striking out five over 7.0 innings to get the win and go to 8-4 on the year and Koji Uehara earned his third save. For Friday’s game, the Red Sox start Allen Webster who has lost both of his decisions this season. For the season, Webster has allowed 19 hits and 15 earned runs, while striking out 12 over 12 innings for a 0-2 record and a 11.25 ERA.
The Toronto Blue Jays have been hot but they spent most of Thursday trying to dig themselves out of a seven run hole they dug themselves in the second inning. Maicer Izturis and Rajai Davis each had two hits and Melky Cabrera had a hit as the Blue Jays scored four runs on five hits. Starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was awful, allowing six hits and seven runs lasting just 1.2 innings to take the loss and fall to 1-1 on the year. For Friday’s game the Blue Jays start Josh Johnson, who got his first win of the year in his last outing. For the season, Johnson has allowed 51 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 44 over 45 innings for a 1-2 record and a 4.60 ERA.
Boston is 7-1 in their last eight home games, 19-43 in their last 62 games as an underdog, and 9-2 in their last 11 home games against a team with a winning record. Toronto is 14-4 in their last 18 games against a team with a winning record, 16-6 in their last 22 games overall, and 1-4 in their last five games as a road favorite. Toronto is 8-2 in their last 10 games in Boston.
Expect less scoring in this one and I have it coming in under the total.