J.A. Happ (17-4, 3.34 ERA) and Eduardo Rodriguez (2-6, 4.83 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (77-63) and the Boston Red Sox (79-61) at the Rogers Centre. The Red Sox won the last game 13-3, and Boston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 10 and can be seen on FOX.
Happ pitched 2.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out two and walking two in a 5-3 win over the Rays. Edwin Encarnacion (.267, 87 Rs, 37 HRs, 112 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Rodriguez went 8.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking two in a 1-0 defeat to the Athletics in his most recent start. David Ortiz (.317, 67 Rs, 31 HRs, 107 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Red Sox, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The Blue Jays are 32-29 against their divisional rivals, while the Red Sox are 29-25 against their division.
For the 20th time this season, the Blue Jays registered at least two errors in a game.
The Blue Jays managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are coming in with a 46-19 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Red Sox have a slight leg up on the Blue Jays, as the Red Sox have won their last three games while the Blue Jays have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Red Sox are 69-18. The Blue Jays have a 62-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Boston has earned 775 this season. Toronto ranks seventh with 678 runs.
Boston tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .823 this season. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .763.
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 47-49 record.