Toronto vs Boston by Sors
The Red Sox offense have .202 BA, with 15 runs in the last seven games, while the pitching staff posted a 4.64 ERA over that span.
Despite all these problems, I have several reasons to believe that Boston will win the second game of this series at Rogers Centre.
Although they were limited to three or fewer runs in five of their last seven games, the Red Sox still have a powerful offense, from which I expect better efficiency in that game, given the fact that the Blue Jays will send to the mound Drew Hutchinson (2-0 with a 7.47 ERA).
The right-hander have obvious problems lately, as he surrendered four or more earned runs in four of his previous six starts, including 9 hits and 6 runs, with five walks over four innings in his last start versus Boston on April 28 (8-11).
Hutchinson is 2-1 with a 6.04 ERA in five career starts against the Red Sox, but posted a 10.66 ERA in the last three of them.
Pablo Sandoval is 3-for-3 against him, Mike Napoli is 3-for-6 with 1 RBI and two walks, Xander Bogaerts is 5-for-10 with 1 RBI, Mookie Betts is 2-for-5, with 1 RBI and a walk, while Dustin Pedroia is 3-for-10, with 1 RBI and a walk.
Toronto, on the other hand, is a team with obvious inconstancy in offense.The hosts scored 12 runs on 24 hits in the last two games at Rogers Centre, but were limited to three of fewer runs in half of the previous twelve.
Joe Kelly (1-1 with a 5.72 ERA), who will start for Boston, showed good form in his first two starts in 2015, but the right-hander gave up five earned runs in each of his last three outings, including 5 hits and 5 runs, with three walks over six innings in his last starts versus Toronto on April 27.
On the other hand, Kelly pitched well in his previous start against the Blue Jays, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs, while striking out four over six innings at Rogers Centre on Aug. 27, 2014.
Devon Travis is 2-for-3, with a homer against him, Russell Martin is 4-for-8 with a homer, 5 RBI and three walks, while Jose Bautista is 2-for-6 with a homer, but Josh Donaldson, Kevin Pillar and Edwin Encarnacion are a combined 3-for-12.
There is actually one very interesting fact here: Drew Hutchinson went 5-9 with a 5.83 ERA in seventeen day games so far in his career, while Joe Kelly is 9-3 with a 3.52 ERA in twenty starts during the day.
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