Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 9/6/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (64-74) at Boston Red Sox (77-61)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Joe Biagini (3-9) (5.01) vs. Doug Fister (4-7) (4.72)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -160 / Toronto Blue Jays +45 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays lock horns with the Boston Reds Sox in Wednesday MLB action.
The Toronto Blue Jays aren’t in the postseason picture so the goal is to beat teams hoping to make the playoffs. This might be a tall task with the season winding down and the Blue Jays unable to string wins together for the majority of the season. The Jays have been able to light up the scoreboard in past years but have turned in to a team that depends on pitching more then hitting. Toronto averages 4.29 runs on a .240 team BA which says the pitching has to pick up the slack but it hasn’t. The Blue Jays own an ERA of 4.53 which is close to middle of the row which doesn’t work with the bats unable to score consistently. The Toronto Blue Jays have named Joe Biagini as Wednesday’s starter versus the Boston Red Sox. Biagini comes off a 1-0 defeat (ND) at the Baltimore Orioles with five hits and a base on balls allowed while striking out ten over seven innings of work.
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The Boston Red Sox have been fading a bit over the past week and that has shrunk their lead in the American League East. The Red Sox were white hot a few short weeks ago and seemed to on the verge of leaving the rest of the division in their rear view mirror but the New York Yankees simply won’t go away and the rest of the year looks like a dogfight. The Red Sox aren’t the offensive force they once were at 4.73 runs as the lineup isn’t built around power but speed with 90+ steals ranking in the top five. Boston can pitch with a team ERA of 3.81 with an impressive 77 quality starts so the rotation is leading the way. The Boston Red Sox send veteran right hander Doug Fister to the bump to face the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Fister comes off of a 4-1 victory at the New York Yankees where he allowed the lone run on four hits and a walk over seven frames.
Toronto are 11-3 in their last 14 Wednesday games and Toronto are 5-12 in their last 17 overall while the under is 7-3 in Biagini’s last 10 starts overall. Boston are 1-8 in their last 9 games on grass and the under is 7-1 in Boston last 8 Wednesday games while the under is 22-10-1 in Boston last 33 home games. The under is 12-3 in the last 15 meetings in Boston and Toronto are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings.
Fister has done surprisingly well so my thinking is the Red Sox desperately need a long outing on the mound following Tuesday’s marathon…