Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/26/14
Boston Red Sox (10-13) at Toronto Blue Jays (11-11)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Clay Buchholz (R) (0-2) (7.717) vs. Brandon Morrow (R) (1-1) (5.033)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -111 / Boston Red Sox +102 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, SNET
The Boston Red Sox shoot for back to back victories versus the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.
The season isn't but a month old so it's not wise to draw conclusions so soon but Boston hasn't looked like the team that won it all in 2013. The Red Sox have been all over the map thus far but did get their pitching and hitting on the same page Friday in an 8-1 victory at Toronto. Jake Peavy was at the top of his game with the lone run allowed on a solo homer through seven innings to pick up the win. The offense pounded out 16 hits with David Ortiz going deep while Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks dropve in two runs each. Clay Buchholz is charged with containing the dangerous Toronto offense in game two of their series. Buchholz struggled in his last outing with six runs plated on seven hits of a 7-6 loss to Baltimore.
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Toronto is hovering around the .500 mark which isn't bad considering where they were a year ago. Having said that the Blue Jays have dropped three straight and four of five after Friday's defeat so the goal is to end this slide and prevent it from turning in to something bigger. In the series opening loss to Boston veteran Mark Buehrle suffered his first loss in 2014 with seven runs plated (six earned) on 12 hits and a trio of base on balls through 5.1 frames. That was far too much for an offense that totaled six hits and struck out 12 times. Juan Francisco was a bright spot with two hits and a solo jack to account for the scoring. Toronto hopes Brandon Morrow gets untracked when he toes the rubber on Saturday versus the Red Sox. Morrow has had some problems going deep in to games with 19.2 innings pitched in four starts.
I don't think either team has been the model of consistency thus far and neither has eith pitcher. I don't see a huge edge to exploit but do see some runs scored here so for now I'll back the over...