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Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/5/14

Toronto Blue Jays (72-67) at Boston Red Sox (61-79)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

Drew Hutchison (R) (9-11) (4.471) vs. Clay Buchholz (R) (6-8) (5.401)

The Line: Boston Red Sox -104 / Toronto Blue Jays -106 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox begin a three-game series Friday at Fenway Park.

The Toronto Blue Jays have won five straight games and are five games above .500. The Blue Jays pitching staff has been solid during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in five of their last seven games. Overall, the Toronto Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.12, which is 24th in the majors, and they’ve won five straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Jose Bautista has an eight-game hitting streak and Dioner Navarro has a hit in eight of his last 10 games. Drew Hutchison takes the hill, and he’s 9-11 with a 4.47 ERA and has 143 strikeouts in 157 innings. Hutchison is 2-1 with a 4.70 ERA in three career starts against the Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/5/14

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The Boston Red Sox have split their last 10 games and are 18 games below .500. The Red Sox pitching has been brutal over this last month, allowing four or more runs in eight of their last nine games. Overall, the Boston Red Sox have an ERA of 3.96, which is 22nd in the majors, and they’ve lost 12 of their last 15 when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, David Ortiz is coming off a two-homer performance and Brock Holt has hit in seven of his last 10 games. Starting is Clay Buchholz, who is 6-8 with a 5.40 ERA and has 107 strikeouts in 140 innings. Buchholz is 10-8 with a 3.22 ERA in 23 career games against the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays are 2-5 in Hutchisons last 7 road starts and 1-8 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series. The Red Sox are 3-14 in their last 17 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series. The Blue Jays are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Boston.

Toronto needs the win here to stay in the playoff hunt, and the Red Sox are looking forward to next year. Give me the much better team for the cheap price. 

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Toronto Blue Jays -106

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