Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/29/14
Toronto Blue Jays (57-50) at Boston Red Sox (48-58)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Marcus Stroman (R) (4-2) (2.290) vs. Rubby De La Rosa (R) (3-3) (3.537)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -110 / Toronto Blue Jays +100 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, NESN
The Blue Jays and Red Sox collide at Fenway Park for game two of their three game series.
The Toronto Blue Jays improved to 57-50 on the season with last night’s beat down win in Boston as they now sit just 2.5 games out of first place in the AL East behind the Orioles. The Blue Jays cooked up some momentum with a series win in the Bronx this past weekend where they erased some bad history at Yankee Stadium in recent memory, and they were able to carry that momentum forward and take down Clay Buchholz for the second time in six days, chasing the struggling hurler after scoring seven runs on seven hits in the first five innings. The Blue Jays proceeded to punish Felix Dubront as well, amassing six more runs in the sixth in a 14-1 slaughter when all was said and done. With Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind out of the lineup, Melky Cabrera took it upon himself to provide the power with two HR’s and five RBI’s, while young SS Ryan Goins had a breakout night as well with four RBI’s. For Tuesday night’s game the Jays will turn to Marcus Stroman in another pitching rematch from the series last week in Toronto. Stroman continues to impress in his rookie campaign and has posted three shutouts in his last five starts, each over 7 innings of work including a dominating win on July 24th against the Red Sox. For the year Stroman has a WHIP of 1.10 and ERA of 3.21 while starting ten games since May 31st after working in the bullpen to start his season in early May. The Blue Jays are 27-27 away from home on the season.
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The Boston Red Sox continued their season long slump on Monday night as Clay Buchholz continued his painful struggle with another tough result against the Jays. The Red Sox couldn’t muster much at the plate either as knuckleballer R.A. Dickey held the Boston bats in check for seven innings allowing just one runs on three hits. Boston will look to change their fortune in Tuesday’s matchup as they send righty Rubby De La Rosa to the mound for his ninth start of the year. De La Rosa was rocked last time out in Toronto allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over just four innings of work, but he could benefit from the change of scenery for this game. De La Rosa’s home/road splits are widely pronounced as he enters this matchup with a home ERA of 1.38 across four starts, with batters hitting just .180 against him at Fenway. Combined for the year De La Rosa has a WHIP of 1.22 and ERA of 3.54 to go along with a 3-3 record. The Red Sox are 26-27 at home on the season.
While De La Rosa is tough at home, the Blue Jays are just the better team and home field hasn’t meant enough to the Red Sox this year to divert my attention from Toronto at even money as the team in form.