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Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 7/2/19 7:07 PM ET Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON, TV: Boston (NESN), Toronto (SNET, TVA Sports) Radio: Boston (WEEI 93.7, WCCM 1490 AM/103.7 FM), Toronto (SN590)
An AL East matchup is set to begin tonight between the Red Sox and Blue Jays in Toronto. This is the Red Sox’s first game following their two-game stint in London against the Yankees, in which they fell two games to none. It’ll be David Price (on six days rest) taking the bump for the Red Sox. Trent Thornton will get the start for the Blue Jays.
Price is 5-2 on the year with an ERA of 3.36. He’s fanned 82 on the year which doesn’t put him on pace to break his personal best 271 strikeouts in 2014, but he’s been effective in other ways. Price is an astounding 13-1 at Rogers Centre through 18 games pitched there in his career.
The rookie Trent Thornton is piecing together an all-right first season. Despite being just 2-5, he’s fanned 91 on the year. In his last outing against the Red Sox on June 21, he held the Sox to just 2 runs over 6 1/3 innings. That being said, his last start came against the Yankees where he gave up 5 runs in just 3 1/3 innings.
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF
2. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF
3. J.D. Martinez (R) DH
4. Rafael Devers (L) 3B
5. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
6. Brock Holt (L) 2B
7. Michael Chavis (R) 1B
8. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF
9. Christian Vazquez C (R)
SP. David Price (L) 5-2
Red Sox Analysis
As the Yankees seem to be pulling away in the AL East, the AL Wildcard seems to be the best bet for the Red Sox to find an avenue into the post-season this year. They’re currently just 2 games out of the second wildcard spot. If they continue to play good baseball and have a quintessential 21st century Red Sox second-half, I don’t see it being a problem for them grabbing one of the wild card spots.
It’s hard to believe, but in the two game London series, the Red Sox put up a total of 33 hits but found a way to lose both games. The bats of Devers, Martinez, Bradley Jr., Holt, Hernandez, and Bogaerts were incredibly hot in the games overseas. In the last week, they are all hitting over .300, granted there have been a few extra off days to account for the traveling.
Price is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.60 on the road this year for the Red Sox. He finished the month of June 3-0 through 5 starts. This will be Price’s second straight start coming off 6 days of rest. In his last go, he held the White Sox to two earned runs in six innings. As mentioned before, Price is 13-1 at Rogers Centre against the Jays, but in all games he’s started against the Blue Jays in his career he’s an astounding 22-3 with an ERA of 2.37.
1. C. Biggio, 2B (L)
2. V. Guerrero Jr., 3B (R)
3. L. Gurriel, LF (R)
4. R. Grichuk, RF (R)
5. J. Smoak, 1B (S)
6. T. Hernandez, CF (R)
7. R. Tellez, DH (L)
8. F. Galvis, SS (S)
9. D. Jansen, C (R)
SP. T. Thornton (R), 2-5
Blue Jays Analysis
While the Blue Jays don’t seem to have a shot at entering the post-season this year, any fan has to at least be pleased with the promising young talent on the team. The Jays are 5-5 in their last 10 and they’re currently 23.5 games back in the East and 14.5 games back in the AL Wild Card race.
Gurriel, Grichuk, Sogard, Biggio, and Jansen are all hitting over .300 in the last week. That being said, none of the bats in the Jays’ lineup have good numbers against Price, aside form Gurriel Jr. who is 2-6 off the left-hander. Given Price’s unreal past performances against the Jays and at Rogers Centre, I don’t see Toronto’s bats being a factor in this one.
The 2-5 Trent Thornton hasn’t gotten either of those 2 wins at home. He’s 0-3 at Rogers Centre on the year with an ERA of 6.39. In 31 innings pitched in Toronto, he’s given up 9 homers and 15 walks. In his last (and only) go against the Red Sox, he went 6.1 innings giving up 8 hits and 2 runs.
Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Betting Odds
The line is currently set at BOS -149 TOR +137 after opening at the same. While I think the Blue Jays are capable of stealing 1-2 in this series from the Red Sox, I don’t think it’s going to come today as Price gets the go for the Sox. -149 isn’t a terrible ML, but BOS -1.5 -101 looks good to me today. The over/under is currently set at 9.5 runs, and after Boston’s performance in London, I have to recommend taking the over.
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