Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/23/14
Boston Red Sox (47-53) at Toronto Blue Jays (52-49)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Clay Buchholz (R) (5-5) (5.464) vs. R.A. Dickey (R) (7-10) (3.955)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -106 / Boston Red Sox -104 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, RSN
The Red Sox and Blue Jays square off in game three of their four game series from the Rogers Centre.
The Boston Red Sox couldn’t follow up Monday’s slaughter with another win as lefty JA Happ kept the Sox bats scoreless for six straight innings. Boston tacked on a few meaningless runs late as the game was already decided and Jake Peavy continued his stretch of non-existent run support while dropping to 1-9 on the year after allowing five runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings of work. The Red Sox can ill afford another lackluster performance at the plate as they send Clay Buchholz to the mound for his 16th start in a forgettable campaign. Buchholz gave us a flash of his former self on July 13th with a complete game shutout but hindsight bills the outing as a solid game against a weak hitting Astros team. The righty allowed ten hits and four runs over six innings in his latest start against Kansas City but his team managed to bail him out and deliver an unlikely victory. Buchholz allows far too many base runners with a WHIP of 1.52 and his ERA will be tough to bring down sitting at 5.46. The Red Sox are six games below .500 and 21-27 away from home on the year.
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The Toronto Blue Jays executed their revenge game plan on Tuesday night scoring seven runs on 13 hits including home runs from Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro. The win boosted the Jays to three games above .500 as they remain very much in the mix in the AL East. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will take the mound on Wednesday in hopes of duplicating his strong outing against the Red Sox back on April 27th, where he allowed just one run on five hits over 6.1 innings of work. Dickey has been up and down this season which is to be expected with such a specialty pitch, but so far in July he has managed an ERA of 2.89 over four starts despite only winning one and losing three. For the year Dickey has a WHIP of 1.30 and ERA of 3.95 to go along with a 7-10 record. The Blue Jays are a respectable 28-23 at home on the season.
Clay Buchholz is far too erratic to trust with any degree of confidence, so with the price at virtually even money it’s Jays or no play here.