Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 4/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (5-7) at Boston Red Sox (6-4)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Fenway Park)
A Sanchez (0-0) (1.38) vs. S Wright (0-1) (1.35)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -108 / Toronto Blue Jays -102 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, NESN
Coming up in Sunday afternoon MLB action, we’ve got a nice matchup between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox on tap from Fenway Park.
This will be game three of this series. In Friday’s game one, the Red Sox came out on top with a 5-3 victory. As for game two on Saturday, Boston got another win 4-2, and accumulated all their runs in the third inning (mostly thanks to a Xander Bogaerts homer).
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Taking the hill for Sunday’s game will be the Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez. In his two appearances so far, Sanchez has been great, totaling a 1.38 ERA with a 0.85 WHIP with 13 strikeouts in 13 innings. Toronto is still trying to get Sanchez his first victory of the season, however.
At the plate, the Blue Jays have a ton of talent, and can score runs in bunches. Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion have been a couple of early stars; Donaldson has 15 hits with 12 RBI and 12 runs with five homers, while Encarnacion has collected 14 hits and eight RBI. Jose Bautista has been solid for Toronto as well, with eight runs and eight RBI.
On the mound for the Red Sox in Sunday’s finale will be right-hander Steven Wright. In his lone appearance of the season (this past Sunday against these same Blue Jays), Wright went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits. It was a better-than-expected performance for Wright, although he’s not expected to be much more than a plug-and-play starter for Boston this year.
The Red Sox hitters have been fairly impressive so far. Dustin Pedroia is playing well, with seven runs and 13 hits to his credit. Mookie Betts is also seeing the ball well, and has eight RBI with six runs and eight hits. Betts whiffed on Saturday, however. David Ortiz has been his usual big-swinging self, posting 11 hits with three homers and 10 RBI for the Red Sox so far.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last five Sunday games, but just 1-4 in Sanchez’s last five starts against the American League East. As for Boston, they’re 8-3 in their last 11 game threes in a series, and 1-5 in Wright’s last six starts against a team with a losing record.
I like the offensive firepower of the Red Sox, but I also like how well Sanchez is pitching for the Jays this year so far. Toronto shouldn’t have a whole lot of trouble solving Wright on the other side, and should get the victory to prevent the sweep.