Rick Porcello (19-3, 3.23 ERA), seeking his 20th win, gets the ball for the Boston Red Sox (78-61) as they go up against Marco Estrada (8-7, 3.56 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (77-62) in the first of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The game starts at 7:07 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 9 and will air on NESN and RSN.
In his last start, Estrada pitched 5.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out six and walking two in a 7-5 loss to the Rays. The Red Sox were victorious the last time Porcello pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing two runs and striking out two in an 11-2 victory over the Athletics. Mookie Betts (.316, 104 Rs, 30 HRs, 100 RBIs, 21 SBs) went 1 for 5 Wednesday.
The Blue Jays hold a 32-28 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Red Sox's record in these matchups is 28-25.
The Blue Jays didn't score any runs in their last game. The Red Sox have a 5-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
It looks like the Red Sox have a slight leg up on the Blue Jays, as the Red Sox have won their last two games while the Blue Jays have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Red Sox are 68-18. The Blue Jays have a 62-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Boston has earned 762 this season. Toronto ranks seventh with 675 runs.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Boston has an OPS of .820 this season. Toronto ranks ninth with an OPS of .765.
The Red Sox are 45-49 when they allow at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 47-48 record.