This Thursday night matchup will feature the two teams at the bottom of the AL East, the Toronto Blue Jays and defending world champion Boston Red Sox. Neither team has had great starts to their 2019 season but look to claw their way back towards the top of the standings.
This is the second of a two-game series between the two teams, the Blue Jays winning the first showdown by a score of 7-5. The Sox’s Chris Sale got banged around early and is yet to have a solid start this season. Blue Jays starter Matt Shoemaker turned in a decent start, however, going 5 and 2/3 and allowing just 4 hits and 2 runs. Jays shortstop Freddy Galvis went 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs. Both Mitch Moreland and Mookie Betts hit homers for Boston in the loss. The game also marked the first 2019 start for Sox veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia, as he went 1 for 4 on the day.
The Blue Jays will send Aaron Sanchez to the rubber for tonight’s matchup. Sanchez is 1-1 on the season with a 1.64 ERA but hasn’t had great success against Boston in his career. On the other side, the Red Sox will start Nathan Eovaldi, one of last year’s postseason heroes. Yet, this year he has been shaky, as he comes into the game with an ERA over 8.00.
TV/Radio: Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox, 4/11/19 7:10 PM ET, Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts. TV: Blue Jays on SNET-1, Red Sox on NESN, Radio: Blue Jays on SN590, Red Sox on WEEI 93.7, WCCM 1490 AM/103.7 FM
Blue Jays Starting Lineup
- Socrates Brito
- Teoscar Hernandez
- Justin Smoak
- Randal Grichuk
- Rowdy Tellez
- Brandon Drury
- Lourdes Gurriel
- Danny Jansen
- Freddy Galvis
Blue Jays Analysis
The Toronto Blue Jays come into this Thursday night game with a record of 4-8. Their first few games of 2019 weren’t bad, but they recently got swept in a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians, relegating them to near the bottom of the AL East.
On the offensive side, the Blue Jays haven’t been great. They’ve struggled to produce runs in most games and can’t seem to get clutch hits when they need them the most. However, the lineup still shows some promising signs. The first is the fact that Freddy Galvis has been getting on base and scoring runs relatively consistently. He currently is batting .333, leads the team in hits, and is tied for the team lead in home runs (with Grichuk).
Despite their poor record, the Toronto Blue Jays pitching has actually been really solid. They come into the game with a team ERA of under 3.00, and the majority of their starters have had at least one solid outing this season.
If the Blue Jays are to win tonight’s matchup, Aaron Sanchez will need to have the same amount of command on the mound he has had his last two starts and the offense will need to get to the struggling Eovaldi early.
Red Sox Starting Lineup
- Andrew Benintendi
- Mookie Betts
- Mitch Moreland
- J.D. Martinez
- Xander Bogaerts
- Rafael Devers
- Dustin Pedroia
- Jackie Bradley Jr.
- Christian Vazquez
Red Sox Analysis
Manager Alex Cora has said several times during press interviews that he isn’t worried about the Sox’s slow start. Yet, nothing seems to be clicking for the Red Sox at the moment (they come into the game with a 3-9 record). The offense hasn’t been all that bad, but it seems as if only a few players have really been contributing. And the pitching has been a disaster.
On the mound, the Sox as a team have the third highest ERA in all of the MLB at 6.35. And on top of that, I could easily argue that not a single starter has had a good outing yet. The only solid starting performance came from Hector Velasquez (a bullpen pitcher) against Arizona. Still, Velasquez only went 3 innings so who knows if he would’ve given up runs later in the game. Nathan Eovaldi has had two starts so far this season, giving up a total of 9 runs in 10 innings. He really needs to bounce back this game and prove to Cora and the pitching staff that resigning him was worth it.
On the batting side, the offense in most games have been led by JD Martinez. He is currently .326 with 3 homeruns and 8 RBIs. Mitch Moreland and Mookie Betts have also added 4 and 3 homeruns apiece, respectively, but neither have really been getting on base consistently.
The Sox fans need to home that Eovaldi can once again regain his command on the mound and hitters can find a way to get on base against Sanchez. The Sox desperately need to end this skid.
Blue Jays vs Red Sox Betting Odds
Despite their early struggles, the Red Sox are bound to start winning sometime soon. Maybe that’ll be tonight. They are currently expected to win by a score of 4.25 to 3 according to odds shark. Moneyline consensus has the Red Sox at -179 and the Jays at +169. Playing at home, this game is a big chance for the Sox to turn things around and get back on last seasons track.
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