Boston Red Sox (26-11) at Toronto Blue Jays (20-18)
|Date & Time||Friday May 11, 2018, 7:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +167 / Boston Red Sox -177 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays meet Friday in MLB action at Rogers Centre.
The Boston Red Sox look for another victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Red Sox have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Boston Red Sox have have won 17 of their last 23 games when scoring more than two runs. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 48 hits and 29 RBI while Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez have combined for 83 hits and 51 RBI. Chris Sale gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 2.02 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. Sale is 7-3 with a 2.22 ERA and 84 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays could use a feel good victory here after losing six of their last nine games. The Blue Jays have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have lost five straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Kevin Pillar leads the Blue Jays with 45 hits and 17 RBI while Yangervis Solarte and Justin Smoak have combined for 68 hits and 42 RBI. Aaron Sanchez gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 4.14 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Sanchez is 4-2 with a 3.67 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games, 14-6 in their last 20 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series. The Blue Jays are 6-17 in their last 23 Friday games, 0-4 in Sanchezs last 4 home starts and 2-6 in Sanchezs last 8 starts. The Red Sox are 21-8 in the last 29 meetings in Toronto, 14-6 in the last 20 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto.
It's no secret that Sale has been lights out this season, as he's allowed one or less earned runs in six of his eight starts and has 63 strikeouts in 49 innings. Sanchez has been more than hittable this season and the Blue Jays haven't had much recent success with him on the mound. However, Sanchez has success against current Yankees, as he's allowing just a .199 batting average with 38 strikeouts in 151 at bats. This is also a quick turnaround for a Red Sox club that beat their rival and now has to get through customs and all that jazz, meaning guys will be going to sleep late. There's some value with the Blue Jays at home if you're not afraid of underdogs.