Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 10/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (87-72) at Boston Red Sox (92-67)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
J Happ (20-4) (3.20) vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7) (4.68)
The Line: Boston Red Sox TBA / Toronto Blue Jays TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, RSN
Over at historic Fenway Park on Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox will be meeting up once again.
In Friday’s opener, The Red Sox scores dour runs in the seventh on the way to a 5-3 win.
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Pitching for the Blue Jays on Saturday will be JA Happ. In his 31 starts and 20-4 record this year, Happ holds a 3.20 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP. In a no-decision against the Yankees his last time out, Happ put tup 7.1 innings with six hits and one earned.
Toronto has one of the most enviable lineups in the majors. Josh Donaldson has 163 hits with 122 runs, 37 homers and 99 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has bagged 157 hits with 98 runs, 42 homers and 127 RBI. Kevin Pillar sits on 59 runs, 143 hits and 50 RBI.
Over on the Red Sox’ Side, we’ll be seeing lefty Eduardo Rodriguez on Saturday. In 19 starts and a 3-7 record, Rodriguez has put up a 4.68 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP in 102 innings. In a no-decision against Tampa his last time out, Rodriguez logged 5.1 innings with three hits and one earned.
Boston has really been turning it on at the plate this year. Mookie Betts holds 212 hits with 120 runs, 31 homers and 113 RBI. Dustin Pedroia has logged 201 hits with 105 runs and 74 RBI. Xander Bogaerts holds 190 hits with 114 runs, 21 homers and 89 RBI.
The Blue Jays are 7-2 in their last nine games versus a left-handed starter, and 5-2 in their last seven road games against a left-handed starter. Toronto is also 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games, and the under is 5-1 in the Blue Jays’ last six during game two of a series.
As for the Red Sox, they’re 6-1 in their last seven Sunday games, and 10-4 in their last 14 during game two of a series. Boston is also 4-1 in Rodriguez’s last five starts versus the American League East, and 1-7 in Rodriguez’s last eight home starts.
Rodriguez hasn’t been so great at home lately, but the Red Sox have been playing so well in the late stages of the season that it doesn’t matter too much. I’ll take Boston for the victory here, but Happ will keep the Blue Jays in the game.