Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/21/14
Boston Red Sox (46-52) at Toronto Blue Jays (51-48)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
John Lackey (R) (10-6) (3.795) vs. Drew Hutchison (R) (6-8) (4.161)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -115 / Boston Red Sox +105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox face off on Monday in game one of their series of AL East teams.
The Toronto Blue Jays held the lead in the AL East just a few weeks back but now they are part of the group of chasers for a post-season spot. The Blue jays are 27-22 at home, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .258 with Melky Cabrera hitting .307, Jose Bautista hitting .289, and Jose Reyes hitting .273. The Blue Jays pitching staff has an ERA of 4.05 with the starters at 3.89 and the bullpen at 4.36. For game one against the Red Sox Toronto starts Drew Hutchison who has lost four of his last five decisions. For the season Hutchison has allowed 1-5 hits and 51 earned runs while striking out 100 over 110.1 innings for a 6-8 record and a 4.16 ERA.
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The Boston Red Sox seemed to be out of the post-season race just a few weeks back but they are making a stand and are clawing their way back into the race. The Red Sox are 20-26 on the road, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last four games. As a team Boston is hitting .247 with Brock Holt hitting .326, Dustin Pedroia hitting .274, Mike Napoli hitting .274, and David Ortiz hitting .249. As a team the Red Sox pitching staff of 3.80 with the starters at 4.03 and the bullpen at 3.32. For game one at Toronto the Red Sox start John Lackey who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Lackey has allowed 127 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 109 over 123.1 innings for a 10-6 record and a 3.79 ERA.
Toronto is 4-9 in their last 13 games, 3-6 against a team with a losing record, and 1-4 in Hutchison’s last five starts. Boston is 4-1 in their last five road games, 7-1 in their last eight games, and 2-6 in Lackey’s last eight starts as a road underdog. Boston has lost their last four games against Toronto.
This game looks like a coin flip so it is just a lean but I will roll with the home team.
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