Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Pick - 9/22/13
Toronto Blue Jays (71-83) at Boston Red Sox (94-62)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm (Fenway Park)
R.A. Dickey (R) (13-12) (4.213) vs. Felix Doubront (L) (10-6) (3.934)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -181 / Toronto Blue Jays +171 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
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The Toronto Blue Jays look to leave the Boston Red Sox looking at a loss Sunday afternoon.
There is not a whole lot that can be said about what we have seen from the Blue jays in 2013, as the expectations have exceeded the results. The Jays will be finishing the year with an eye towards the future and hoping their last week is a good one. It was Saturday, with plenty of pitching and just enough offense in a 4-2 win at Fenway Park. Vetran Mark Buehrle allowed just a single run through six innings to get the win. The bats totaled nine hits and walked five times, with three players driving in runs and four scoring. RA Dickey and his knuckleball square off with the Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park. Dickey comes in off of one of his best efforts of 2013 when he tossed a four hit shut out over seven frames of a 2-0 win over the Yankees.
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Boston is probably in celebration mode after Friday's victory gave the Red Sox their first American League East crown in eight years. Boston wasn't expected to be in this spot after a last place finish in 2012 in what is the very definition of worse to first. Too much hitting and pitching for the rest of the division in 2013, but not on Saturday, where the work at the plate was a struggle. Clay Buchholz was as strong as ever, with just a pair of earned runs given up on six hits covering six innings, but an error cost him another. That was too much for an offense that mustered only five hits, with David Ross and Jonny Gomes driving in runs. Left-hander Felix Doubront toes the rubber versus the visiting Blue Jays on Sunday. Boubront looks to rebound from a pair of poor outings where he gave up ten runs on ten hits over 7.1 innings.
To be honest, I don't know what to expect from Boston, who could still be celebrating. I don't have a ton in faith in Dickey either, so take this with a grain of salt...