Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Pick - 9/20/13
Toronto Blue Jays (70-82) at Boston Red Sox (93-61)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Esmil Rogers (R) (4-5) (4.500) vs. Jon Lester (L) (14-8) (3.755)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -205 / Toronto Blue Jays +190 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET, NESN
The Toronto Blue Jays head to Fenway Park to open a weekend series with the Boston Red Sox.
The Blue Jays have been out of the playoff conversation for quite some time and just might have taken the Yankees with them after a 6-2 victory in the rubber game of their series with the Bronx Bombers, who were any thing but. Todd Redmond simply outpitched Hiroki Kuroda with just a single run given up on four hits and a BB, while whiffing seven over seven frames. The bats totaled ten hits and walked six times, with Anthony Gose leaving the yard, while Adam Lind connected on a three run homer. Esmil Rogers makes his fourth stright start when he takes on the Red Sox for the third time in 2013. Rogers won both of those outings with just a single run given up on eleven hits over 12 innings.
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Boston welcomed Baltimore to town with the idea of locking up the American League East before dropping the first two games of the series. The Red Sox salvaged the final game of the series 3-1, which inched them closer to the division crown and really hurt the Orioles chance at the postseason. Great pitching and and a few clutch hits were the key Thursday with starter John Lackey looking as good as ever with a two hit complete game with eight strike outs. The offense managed seven hits and did all their damage in the second, with Stephen Drew slugging a two run homer, while Dustin Pedroia smacked a run scoring single. Left-hander Jon Lester toes the rubber against the Blue Jays in game number one of their series on Friday. Lester has been at his best over his last ten appearances, with nine quality starts.
No slam dunk here because Rogers has dominated this lineup twice, while Lester has either shut down Toronto or looked mediocre. Taking Boston, but I'm not real confident...