Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox - 9/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (78-61) at Toronto Blue Jays (77-62)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 9, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
R Porcello (19-3) (3.23) vs. M Estrada (8-7) (3.56)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays TBA / Boston Red Sox TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, NESN
Headed our way on Friday, the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays will be kicking off their MLB series from Rogers Centre.
The Red Sox just finished up with the Padres this week. Boston dropped game one but won the final two games by a combined nine runs.
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As for the Blue Jays, they were swept in three games by the Yankees this week. Toronto has dropped five of their last six games.
For Friday’s game, the Red Sox will be bringing out RHP Rick Porcello. In his 28 starts and 19-3 record this year, Porcello owns a 3.23 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP in 186.2 innings. Porcello put up a win his last time out, going seven innings with four hits and two earned against the A’s.
The Red Sox have some interesting hitters at their disposal. Mookie Betts has put up 185 hits with 105 runs, 30 homers and 100 RBI. Dustin Pedroia holds 176 hits with 91 runs and 60 RBI. Xander Bogaerts has put up 169 hits with 99 runs and 79 RBI so far.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Marco Estrada on Friday. In his 24 starts and 8-7 record this year, Estrada has a 3.56 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP in 149.1 innings. In a loss against Tampa Bay his last time out, Estrada went five innings with seven hits and five earned.
Toronto isn’t hurting for hitters this year. Josh Donaldson has logged 147 hits with 109 runs, 34 homers and 92 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion holds 138 hits with 86 runs, 37 homers and 112 RBI. Kevin Pillar has hit 125 times with 52 runs and 48 RBI so far.
The Red Sox are 6-0 in their last six games following an off day, and 5-1 in their last six Friday games. Boston is also 21-7 in Porcello’s last 28 starts, and 5-2 in Porcello’s last seven Friday starts.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 6-2 in their last eight home games, and 9-4 in their last 13 games following a loss. Toronto is also 3-7 in their last 10 games following an off day, and 1-5 in their last six overall.
The Blue Jays are slumping right now, but Estrada should keep them in the game. I’ll take Boston in a close one here.