Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick- 8/13/13
2013-08-13 06:07:00 EDT
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox face off on Tuesday in Toronto as they begin their AL East series.
The Toronto Blue Jays are on e of the more disappointing teams in baseball and they are hoping to finish the season with a strong run so they have something to build on for next season. The Blue Jays are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 29-31 at home, and they are 16 games back in the AL East. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .253 with Jose Reyes hitting .310, Melky Cabrera is hitting .279, and Adam Lind is hitting .276. The Blue Jays pitching staff has an ERA of 4.44 with the starters at 5.16 and the bullpen at 3.33. For game one against the Red Sox Toronto starts Todd Redmond who hasn’t had a decision in his last three starts. For the season Redmond has allowed 27 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 35 over 32 innings for a 1-1 record and a 4.22 ERA.
The Boston Red Sox continue to lead the AL East despite not playing their best baseball of late. The Red Sox are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 39-21 at home this season, and they have a three game lead over Tampa Bay in the standings. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .273 with David Ortiz hitting .326, Jacoby Ellsbury hitting .301, and Dustin Pedroia hitting .291. As a team the Red Sox pithing staff has an ERA of 3.86 with the starters at 3.91 and the bullpen at 3.76. For game one against the Blue Jays Boston starts Ryan Dempster who has six no decisions in his last seven starts. For the season Dempster has allowed 136 hits and 69 earned runs while striking out 125 over 133 innings for a 6-8 record and a 4.67 ERA.
Toronto is 4-10 in their last 14 home games, 7-20 against a team with a winning record, and 0-7 in their last seven games as a home underdog. Boston is 38-14 in their last 52 games as a favorite, 35-16 against a team with a losing record, and 5-0 in Dempster’s last five starts.
The total here is set to the high side and these are just the pitchers and the batting orders to get this one over that total and the over is my first FREE PICK. My second Free Pick is on the winning side and I will give out that FREE PICK on Tuesday’s 1stQuarter Podcast.