Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox - 5/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (29-19) at Toronto Blue Jays (25-25)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
R Porcello (7-2) (3.47) vs. M Stroman (5-1) (3.89)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -135 / Boston Red Sox +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET, NESN, MLBN
Rogers Centre will be rocking once again Saturday afternoon, as the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays carry on their weekend series.
This is game two of the set. In Friday’s opener, the Blue Jays scratched out a 7-5 victory. Toronto out-hit Boston 11-7 in that one.
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In Saturday’s matchup, we’ll be getting a look at Boston right-hander Rick Porcello. Over nine starts and a 7-2 record, Porcello has posted a pretty good 3.47 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP in 57 innings. On Sunday, Porcello allowed two runs in 5.2 innings against the Indians for a win.
Taking care of business at the plate, we’ve got the usual crew of Red Sox swingers. Xander Bogaerts has been great this year on 68 hits with 38 runs and 26 RBI. Mookie Betts is also playing well on 57 hits with 41 runs and 35 RBI. Betts came up empty on Friday, however. David Ortiz leads the team with 12 homers and 45 RBI with 24 runs. Ortiz sat Friday’s game.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Marcus Stroman in the starting role. In his 10 starts and 5-1 record this year, Stroman has put up a 3.89 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP over 69.1 innings. On Sunday in a win over the Twins, Stroman logged 7.2 innings of one-run ball.
The Toronto hitters are no slouches, either. Michael Saunders heads things up with a nice .306 BA, 49 hits and 24 runs. Edwin Encarnacion isn’t far back with 36 RBI and 20 runs on 46 hits. Josh Donaldson has 13 homers to his credit with 29 RBI but sports a sketchy .257 BA this season. Donaldson went wild on Friday, bagging a 4-for-5 outing with two homers and five RBI.
The Red Sox are 10-3 in their last 13 Saturday games, and 7-2 in Porcello’s last nine starts.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 0-4 in their last four Saturday games and 4-0 in Stroman’s last four Saturday starts.
I’ll give the Red Sox a slight advantage here, but it should be a close game. With the way Stroman and Porcello can pitch, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the under come in.