Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox - 4/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (3-1) at Toronto Blue Jays (2-4)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
S Wright (0-0) (0.00) vs. M Estrada (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -138 / Boston Red Sox +128 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLBN, NESN, SNET
Coming up in the MLB on Sunday, we have game three action headed our way between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre.
Boston has taken both games of this series so far, including an 8-7 victory on Friday, as well as an 8-4 win in Saturday’s game two. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia had a nice outing on Saturday, slapping three hits and two RBI. Wellington Castillo also had a nice showing with a 2-for-4 outing and a run.
During Sunday’s game three, the Red Sox will be bringing out right-hander Steven Wright as the starter. Wright will be making his season debut here, following a 2015 during which he managed a 5-4 record across nine starts with a 4.09 ERA and 52 strikeouts.
Backing up Wright at the plate, we’ve got an interesting assortment of Red Sox hitters. Mookie Betts will be handling leadoff duties this season, and has the potential to hit 20 home runs with 20 stolen bases. Betts went 1-for-4 in Saturday’s game with a run, but whiffed in an 0-for-5 outing on Friday. Hanley Ramirez is another player of note for Boston. Ramirez put up two hits and an RBI on Friday while adding two more RBI and a triple on Saturday.
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On the other side, the Blue Jays will be utilizing Marco Estrada as their starting pitcher on Sunday. Estrada is also making his season debut and is coming off the disabled list due to back soreness. It will be interesting to see if Estrada is fully healthy for this one.
The Blue Jays shouldn’t have too much trouble scoring runs this season with names like Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson on their roster. Toronto’s number 2-5 hitters should each finish with 20-35 home runs and 70-100 RBI. That said, Bautista was the only player to manage any RBI (4) during Saturday’s game. Along with Donaldson, Bautista had a pair of hits in that matchup.
Now let’s dig into some trends here. The Red Sox are 4-1 in their last five Sunday games, and 8-1 in their last nine against the American League East.
As for the Blue Jays, they’re 6-0 in their last six games after losing the first two games of a series. Toronto is also 9-3 in their last 12 Sunday games.
I like the Blue Jays to bounce back here, despite the solid start from the Red Sox. Toronto should salvage this one and prevent a sweep.