Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (43-49) at Boston Red Sox (52-42)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
J Happ (3-6) (3.54) vs. Doug Fister (0-3) (6.75)
The Line: Boston Red Sox / Toronto Blue Jays --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, ESPN
The Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox meet Tuesday in MLB action at Fenway Park.
The Toronto Blue Jays look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Blue Jays have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Justin Smoak leads the Blue Jays with 91 hits and 58 RBI while Kevin Pillar and Kendrys Morales have combined for 174 hits and 73 RBI. J.A. Happ gets the ball, and he is 3-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. Happ is 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
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The Boston Red Sox could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Red Sox have scored seven runs in their last four games and three or less runs in four straight games. The Boston Red Sox have lost 12 of their last 13 games when scoring three or less runs. Mookie Betts leads the Red Sox with 103 hits and 56 RBI while Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia have combined for 191 hits and 86 RBI. Doug Fister gets the ball, and he is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. Fister is 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA and 45 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series, 12-5 in Happs last 17 road starts and 6-2 in Happs last 8 Tuesday starts. The Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 16-5 in their last 21 Tuesday games and 15-7 in their last 22 home games. The Blue Jays are 5-2 in Happs last 7 starts vs. Red Sox and the under is 5-0 in Happs last 5 starts vs. Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox all of a sudden can't put runs on the board, and Happ has been pretty solid as of late, allowing three or less earned runs in each of his last six games. Also, Happ has an ERA under three on the road, meaning he has better numbers outside of Toronto this season. Given the Red Sox struggling offense recently and the fact Toronto needs to catch fire to get back in the playoff race, I'll give the Blue Jays a look in this game.