Toronto Blue Jays versus Boston Red Sox Series 4th September 2017
Starting on Monday 4th September at Fenway Park this American League East match up features appears to be completely one-sided in favor of the Red Sox, leading the division, while the Blue Jays are entrenched in last place. Looking at the pitching match ups, JA Happ goes for the Blue Jays on Monday versus Rick Porcello for the Red Sox. Happ is 6-10 with a 3.96 ERA, while Porcello is 9-15 with a 4.45 ERA. Porcello has been much better lately, going 5-1 over the last six decisions.
In Tuesday’s game, Marco Estrada takes the ball for the Blue Jays, while Eduardo Rodriguez is in the hill for the Red Sox. Estrada is 7-8 with a 5.23 ERA and has allowed 26 home runs, while Rodriguez has a 4.40 ERA and has lost his last two decisions.
The finale on Wednesday has two pitchers with a combined 7-16 record. Joe Biagini is 3-9 with a 5.01 ERA for the Blue Jays and Doug Fister is 4-7 with a 4.19 ERA for the Red Sox.
Offensively the Red Sox have the more balanced attack. Hanley Ramirez leads the team in home runs with 22, but is batting only .247.
Dustin Pedroia is back in the lineup after nearly a month on the disabled list and is batting .302. Andrew Benintendi has been the most consistent at that plate, hitting .280 with 19 home runs, while Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland both add some power, belting 18 home runs each.
The Blue Jays rely on the long ball, lead but Justin Smoak’s 36 home runs and .284 batting average. Kendrys Morales has added 25 home runs and Josh Donaldson has 23 home runs and a .894 OPS. Jose Baustista is clearly not the hitter he once was, struggling to stay above .200 but has added 20 home runs.
Cut to the Chase Prediction
The Blue Jays could take Monday’s game, as the pitching match up is more even, but if they don’t take that one, look for the Red Sox to sweep the Blue Jays and further extend their lead in the American League East.