Wade Miley (1-3, 7.15 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (13-15) are in Toronto to go up against Aaron Sanchez (2-2, 4.62 ERA) and the Blue Jays (14-15) in a matchup that has the potential for plenty of offense. This is the first of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The game gets underway at 7:07 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 8 and will air on NESN and RSN.
Sanchez is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA against the Red Sox in his career, and is up against a struggling Boston offense that's hitting just .239 on the year. Russell Martin (.286, 20 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season Wednesday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Blue Jays, Miley is 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA, 6.00 WHIP, and three strikeouts.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Blue Jays have an SU record of 11-11 against teams in their division. The Blue Jays have the most prolific offense in the entire AL, averaging 5.3 runs per game. The Blue Jays are a superb hitting team with 9.1 hits per home game, one of the highest marks in the AL.
Against teams in their division, the Red Sox are 9-13 SU. When it comes to scoring, the Red Sox haven't performed as well against teams from the AL East. During those games, they averaged four runs per game, below their 4.6 runs per game season average. The Red Sox average 3.9 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the AL.
In their previous three games this season, the Red Sox have a 2-1 record. Taking the hill against the Red Sox will be the right-hander Sanchez. They sport a 10-12 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
This season, the Blue Jays hold an even 11-11 record against AL East teams. The Red Sox sit at 9-13 against these opponents.
The Blue Jays are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 1-1 in such matchups.
The Red Sox are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded three strikeouts. The Blue Jays have a record of 2-0 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 12-1. The Red Sox have an 11-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 155 this season. Boston ranks eighth with 128 runs.
Ranking first in walks, Boston has earned 110 this season. Toronto ranks eighth with 94 walks.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 11-7. When the Red Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 9-11 record.