Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/20/14
Toronto Blue Jays (23-22) at Boston Red Sox (20-23)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
JA Happ (L) (2-1) (3.376) vs. Felix Doubront (L) (2-3) (4.536)
The Line: Boston Red Sox / Toronto Blue Jays --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB Net, SNET360, NESN
The Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox will play a three-game series at Fenway Park that begins Tuesday. The Red Sox took two of three when these teams met earlier this season.
The Blue Jays have won five of their last seven games due to their pitching staff settling down a bit. Although the Blue Jays have the 25th worst ERA in the majors, they’ve allowed three or less runs in four of their last seven games. That includes holding the Texas Rangers to eight total runs in three games. Offensively, the Blue Jays continue to put up impressive numbers and Edwin Encarnacion has three homeruns in his last four games. Taking the mound Tuesday is J.A. Happ, who is 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA and has 14 strikeouts in 17.2 innings. Happ is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA in four career starts against the Red Sox.
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The Red Sox were just swept by the Detroit Tigers and have lost four straight overall, dropping three games below a .500 record. The reason for the tough stretch is a lack of offense, as the Red Sox have scored a combined six runs in those four losses. Although David Ortiz has five homeruns in his last eight games, no Red Sox hitter is batting .300 at the moment. In fact, the Red Sox batting average of .243 is 23rd in the majors. Felix Doubront will get the start, and he’s 2-3 with a 4.54 ERA and has 29 strikeouts in 41.2 innings. Doubront is 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in seven career starts against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 6-13 in Happ's last 19 starts and 4-12 in Happ's last 16 starts with 4 days of rest. The Red Sox are 9-4 in Doubront's last 13 starts and 5-2 in Doubront's last 7 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Blue Jays are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Boston.
I'm not sure we can trust the Red Sox with the way they've been stinking up the joint offensively. While the Blue Jays pitching staff isn't great, they're more than capable of putting on a show offensively, especially in a small park like Fenway. Give me Toronto for the plus money.