Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/27/14
Boston Red Sox (11-13) at Toronto Blue Jays (11-12)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Jon Lester (L) (2-3) (2.673) vs. R.A. Dickey (R) (1-3) (5.897)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -103 / Boston Red Sox -107 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, SNET
The Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays conclude their weekend with an afternoon bout at the Rogers Centre.
The Red Sox were the favorite of many to repeat as the top dog in the American League East but that's far easier said then done in a highly competitive division. Boston has yet to get their feet under them in the early going but they have looked good the last week with wins in three of four after holding off the Blue Jays 7-6 on Saturday. The Red Sox survived a shaky first inning where Clay Buchholz gave up three runs before settling in with seven innings pitched. The relief corps almost blew it with Junichi Tazawa gave up two in 1/3 of an inning while Koji Uehara allowed a solo homer in the 9th. The bats totaled five hits and walked nine times with AJ Pierzynski mashing a Grand Slam with Will Middlebrooks going solo while Grady Sizemore driving in a pair. Left hander Jon Lester gets the call to the mound in the final game of their series with Toronto. Lester is looking to bounce back from his poorest effort of the year when he was charged with eight runs) three earned in 4.2 frames.
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Toronto began 2014 well enough as they tried to avoid duplicating the slow start of a season ago but things haven't been as good the past week. The Blue Jays have dropped four in a row and five of six following a 7-6 loss to visiting Boston on Saturday. The Jays jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first but wildness of starter Brandon Morrow led to a six run Red Sox third. Morrow gave up four runs in 2.2 frames on zero hits and eight bases on balls with Chad Jenkins allowing three more runs on five hits including two homers. The attack logged plenty of runners on 13 hits and four walks with Jose Bautista and Juan Francisco leaving the yard and combining for three RBI's. Knuckleballer RA Dickey takes the ball Sunday looking to slow down the big bats of the Red Sox on Sunday. Dickey is also hoping to duplicate his last effort when he allowed three runs in six innings of a 9-3 rout of Baltimore.
Boston has been swing the bats well and Lester has generally been solid which has me looking at Boston. Dickey is the Wild Card to me because his butterfly pitch can make life difficult for anyone. I give a slight nod to the visitors still...