Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox
|Date & Time||Thursday April 11, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Boston Red Sox -177 / Toronto Blue Jays +167 O/U: 9
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox will match up in MLB action to finish their two-game set on Thursday.
The Blue Jays took a 7-5 victory in game one of this series back on Tuesday, and the clubs had an off day on Wednesday.
For the Thursday game, the Jays will be sending out Aaron Sanchez for the start. In his 11.0 innings and 1-1 mark this year, Sanchez has a 1.64 ERA with 11 Ks and five walks.
Leading the way on offense for the Blue Jays this year is Freddy Galvis, with 13 hits, five runs, three homers and eight RBI. Randal Grichuck is carrying just a .190 average, but he’s got eight hits, seven runs, three homers and six RBI.
Over on the Red Sox’ side, they’re going with Nathan Eovaldi in the starting role Thursday. In 10.0 innings and two no-decisions this year, Eovaldi has an 8.10 ERA with six Ks and six BBs.
Tops in hitting for the Red Sox this year is JD Martinez, who has 15 hits, six runs, three homers and eight RBI. Both Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts have 12 hits, and between them they’ve also got 14 runs, three homers and 12 RBI.
The Blue Jays are 9-3 in their last 12 games after an off day and 5-16 in their last 21 Thursday games. Toronto is 1-4 in their last five overall and 8-3 in Sanchez’s last 11 starts.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 10-4 in their last 14 Thursday games and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. Boston is 4-0 in Eovaldi’s last four starts and 1-4 in his last five starts in game two of a series.
Even though his record is just 1-1, Sanchez has put together a pair of good starts this year. After a shutout 5.0 innings in a win versus Detroit March 30, Sanchez had to take a tough-luck loss despite a quality start in Cleveland April 4 (6.0 innings; two earned).
As for Eovaldi, his first start this year was a wreck, but he calmed down a bit in Oakland. I expect Eovaldi to perform better here at Fenway, but I really like what Sanchez has done so far. Boston will likely keep this another close game, and I think Toronto ekes one out here if the offense can produce.