Boston Red Sox (10-21) at Toronto Blue Jays (15-14)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 6:37 pm (Sahlen Field)
Chris Mazza vs. Hyun Jin Ryu (2-1) (3.19)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -172 / Boston Red Sox +158 --- Over/Under: 10.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays meet Thursday in MLB action at Sahlen Field.
The Boston Red Sox look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Red Sox have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Red Sox have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Alex Verdugo leads the Red Sox with 30 hits and 12 RBI while Xander Bogaerts and Kevin Pillar have combined for 56 hits and 28 RBI. Chris Mazza gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Mazza is 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Blue Jays have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Blue Jays have won seven of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Teoscar Hernandez leads the Blue Jays with 32 hits and 19 RBI while Randal Grichuk and Cavan Biggio have combined for 61 hits and 37 RBI. Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. Ryu is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 23-9 in their last 32 Thursday games, 73-32 in their last 105 during game 3 of a series and 4-11 in their last 15 road games. The Blue Jays are 6-1 in their last 7 games on grass, 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win and 12-29 in their last 41 Thursday games. The under is 5-2 in Red Sox last 7 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Blue Jays last 6 overall. The Red Sox are 20-8 in the last 28 meetings in Toronto and 41-19 in the last 60 meetings.
Chris Mazza has allowed four runs and nine hits in 5.2 innings this season while Hyun-Jin Ryu has allowed three runs and 10 hits in his last 22 innings. The Boston Red Sox are a tough team to get behind and they don't have the most trustworthy pitcher on the hill here. Ryu seems to have settled in with his new team, and he's pitching with a ho offense behind him. I have to side with the Blue Jays and the RL.