Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox - 8/30/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (74-57) at Toronto Blue Jays (61-70)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
R Porcello (8-15) (4.57) vs. J Happ (6-10) (4.10)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -115 / Boston Red Sox +105 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
Up at Rogers Centre on Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays will be wrapping up their MLB series.
In the Monday opener, the Red Sox secure a 6-5 win. On Tuesday, Boston put up a 3-0 victory.
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For the Wednesday game, the Red Sox will be bringing out RHP Rick Porcello. In his 169.1 innings and 8-15 record this year, Porcello has a 4.57 ERA with 153 Ks and 36 BBs.
The Sox have some solid hitters this year. Coming into Tuesday, Mookie Betts brought 137 hits, 82 runs, 18 homers and 77 RBI while Xander Bogaerts had 128 hits, 71 runs and 50 RBI. Betts had one hit on Tuesday; Bogaerts went 0-for-4.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, they’re going with LHP JA Happ on Wednesday. In his 107.2 innings and 6-10 record this year, Happ has a 4.10 ERA with 108 Ks and 34 BBs.
Toronto has some key bats as well. Justin Smoak led the way coming into Tuesday with 134 hits, 76 runs, 36 homers and 84 RBI while Kevin Pillar had 121 hits, 60 runs, 13 homers and 34 RBI. Pillar had one hit on Tuesday, while Smoak went 0-for-4.
The Red Sox are 5-0 in the last five Wednesday games and 4-1 in the last five during game three of a series. Boston is also 4-1 in Porcello’s last five starts and 2-5 in Porcello’s last seven road starts.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 11-2 in the last 13 Wednesday games and 5-1 in Happ’s last six Wednesday starts. Toronto is also 18-8 in Happ’s last 26 starts with four days’ rest and 11-3 in Happ’s last 14 starts during game three of a series.
Porcello had a nice run of three straight quality starts, but gave up four earned (11 total) on 10 hits in 4.2 innings his last time out against the Orioles. As for Happ, he’s given up five earned in each of his last two starts in a span of 11.0 innings—both losses. I like Porcello to bounce back here so I’ll take the Red Sox for the win.