Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/6/14
Toronto Blue Jays (72-68) at Boston Red Sox (62-79)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
JA Happ (L) (9-8) (4.326) vs. Clay Buchholz (R) (6-8) (5.401)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -134 / Toronto Blue Jays +124 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET, NESN
The Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox play game two on Saturday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays have won six of their last eight games and are four games above .500. The Blue Jays offense has produced four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Blue Jays have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Bautista has hit six homers in his last nine games and Edwin Encarnacion has hit in six of his last 10 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.08, which is 24th in the majors. J.A. Happ gets the ball, and he’s 9-8 with a 4.37 ERA and has 107 strikeouts in 125.2 innings. Happ is 3-2 with a 4.38 ERA in eight career games against the Red Sox.
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The Boston Red Sox have split their last 10 games and are 17 games below .500. The Red Sox pitching staff has been lousy as of late, allowing four or more runs in 12 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Boston Red Sox have an ERA of 3.97, which is 22nd in the majors, and they’ve lost 12 of their last 16 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Mike Napoli has four hits in his last two games and Dustin Pedroia has 11 hits in his last nine games. Starting is Rubby De La Rosa, who is 4-5 with a 3.89 ERA and has 62 strikeouts in 88 innings. De La Rosa is 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA in five career games against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 2-6 in Happs last 8 starts during game 2 of a series and 1-5 in Happs last 6 starts overall. The Red Sox are 7-15 in their last 22 vs. American League East and 5-16 in their last 21 during game 2 of a series.
The Blue Jays are the better team and have been playing better baseball lately. Getting Toronto at plus money is a gift in this spot.