This evening the Toronto Blue Jays host the Boston Red Sox in game 2 of their 4 game series this week.
Boston Red Sox (35-43) @ Toronto Blue Jays (41-37)
The Toronto Blue Jays lost for the 2nd time in the last 3 games with a 3-1 defeat at home versus the Red Sox yesterday evening. Starting pitching R.A. Dickey got tabbed with the loss as he pitched 6 innings while giving up 3 earned run on 6 hits. He struck out 3 and walked 3 batters. He threw 104 pitches in the game. He is now 3-8 on the season. Reliever Liam Hendriks pitched 1.2 innings while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. Reliever Brett Cecil pitched 1.1 innings while not allowing an earned run on 1 hit. He struck out 2 batters. 2nd baseman Devon Travis was 2 for 3 with 1 run scored. 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson was 1 for 4 with 1 run batted in. The rbi was his 49th of the season. He hit his 19th double of the season. He also struck out once. Center-fielder Kevin Pillar was 1 for 3. He hit his 15th double of the season. The Blue Jays had 5 hits in the game. Tonight their starting pitcher is right-handed Marco Estrada. Estrada is 5-3 with a 3.45 era and 63 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched. He’s made 10 starts this season. In his last start, a no-decision on June 24th at Tampa Bay, he pitched 8.2 innings while giving up no earned runs on 2 hits. He struck out 10 and walked none. He threw 129 pitches in the games. He’s 4-0 in his last 5 starts. The Boston Red Sox have won 3 of their last 4 games. Starter Clay Buchholz was dominant as he pitched 8 innings while only giving up 1 earned run on 5 hits. He struck out 5 batters and walked none. He threw 96 pitches during the game. He is now 6-6 on the season. Closer Koji Uehara notched his 17th save of the season as he pitched 1 inning while not allowing an earned run nor a hit. Left-fielder Alejandro De Aza was 3 for 4 with. He hit his 4th triple of the season. Center-fielder Mookie Betts was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored. He hit his 5th triple of the season. He also struck out once. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts was 1 for 4 with 2 runs batted in. The rbis were his 32nd and 33rd of the season. He hit his 16th double of the season. 2nd baseman Brock Holt was 1 for 3 with 1 run batted in. The rbi was his 21st of the season. He also walked one time. The Red Sox had 7 hits in the game. Tonight their starting pitcher is left-handed Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez is 3-2 with a 4.33 era and 32 strikeouts in 35.1 innings pitched. He’s made 6 starts this season. In his last start, a loss on June 25th at home versus Baltimore, he pitched 3.2 innings while allowing 6 earned runs on 7 hits. He struck out 5 and walked none. He threw 67 pitches in the game. It was his shortest outing of the season. This is his rookie season in MLB. He is 22 years old and from Venezuela.
Toronto is 25-16 at home this season. They have scored 421 runs and allowed 335 runs on the season. Boston is 18-23 on the road this season. They have scored 317 runs and allowed 360 runs on the season.
This is the 10th meeting of the season between the Blue Jays and the Red Sox. The Blue Jays have won 6 of the 10 meetings. Including tonight the 2 teams face each other 9 more times this season.
Prediction: I expect Estrada to continue his recent dominant ways tonight for the Jays.
Take the Blue Jays 1.71 (Bet365)
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