Marcus Stroman (1-0, 3.38 ERA) and Joe Kelly (10-6, 4.82 ERA) get the start in the first of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (2-2) and the Boston Red Sox (1-1) at the Rogers Centre. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 8 and will air on NESN, RSN and MLBN.
Stroman pitched 8.0 innings in his last start, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking one in a 5-3 victory over the Rays. Josh Donaldson (.250 ) went 1 for 3 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Kelly is on the mound for the Red Sox. He pitched 134.1 innings last season, going 10-6 with a 4.82 ERA 1.44 WHIP, and two strikeouts. Brock Holt (.500 ) has been hitting the ball well to start the season, going 2 for 3 Wednesday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds for Toronto and Boston are Blue Jays -170, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5. The Blue Jays are a nightmare on the bases for opponents with two steals, one of the highest totals in baseball.
One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Red Sox, who average 10.5 hits per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
The Red Sox lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Blue Jays are 0-1. The Red Sox are also 0-1 in close games this season.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 0-1. The Red Sox have a 1-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th, Boston sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 12 this season. Toronto ranks in the top half at 11th with 15.
Ranking 13th, Boston is in the top half of the league in walks, notching nine this season. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 11.
The Blue Jays are 2-1 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 1-1 when they hit at least one homer.