Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/26/14
Boston Red Sox (57-74) at Toronto Blue Jays (66-65)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Rubby De La Rosa (R) (4-5) (3.692) vs. R.A. Dickey (R) (10-12) (4.085)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -149 / Boston Red Sox +139 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
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The Toronto Blue Jays look to make an improbable run as they host the Boston Red Sox for game two of a three game AL East series at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
The Boston Red Sox are playing for next year but last night they had no problem playing spoiler against a divisional opponent as they took down the Jays 4-3. Clay Buchholz was in cruise control for eight shutout innings, but he gave up two runs in the ninth as Koji Uehara blew the save to force extra innings where he would eventually get the win as well. Yoenis Cespedes hit the go-ahead single in the 10th inning that would eventually decide the game, and Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia both homered in the fifth inning for the visitors.
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The Red Sox might need a few more runs as they send Rubby De La Rosa to the mound who has struggled on the road with an ERA of 4.33 with opponents batting .292 against him. The 25 year old righty De La Rosa has also struggled against the Blue Jays with an ERA of 8.10 across two starts, one in Boston and one in Toronto. For the season De La Rosa has a WHIP of 1.42 and ERA of 3.69 while posting a 4-5 record.
The Toronto Blue Jays are a sinking ship as last night’s loss brought their record to 6-15 in the month of August. With a little over a month to play the Blue Jays have a steep uphill battle as three teams are ahead of them in the race for the second Wild Card spot. In last night’s loss, J.A. Happ allowed three runs on five and the ninth inning rally came up short as Adam Lind had an RBI and Edwin Encarnacion tied the game with a two run double. The Blue Jays are still a top five offensive team in runs scored, batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage, but those numbers are on the decline with big output from earlier in the season boosting the current stats.
R.A. Dickey will take the mound for Toronto on Tuesday in hopes of generating some positive momentum for the home side. Dickey has been up and down this season which is to be expected with his knuckleball which looks like a beach ball if it’s not knuckling. For the season Dickey owns a WHIP of 1.31 and ERA of 4.08 while posting a 10-12 record. Dickey has won all three of his starts against the Red Sox this season with a 2.79 ERA across 19.1 innings of work.
I wouldn’t advise going big on the Blue Jays at this price given their performance this month but I do expect them to bounce back if only for a day in a winnable spot at home.