Drew Hutchison (2-0, 5.48 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (9-11) are in Boston to meet Clay Buchholz (1-2, 4.84 ERA) and the Red Sox (11-9) in a game that could have plenty of offense. This is the second of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 6-5 and Boston leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 6:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 28 and will air on RSN and NESN.
Buchholz is 11-8 with a 3.20 ERA, 106 strikeouts and 61 walks against the Blue Jays in his career. Pablo Sandoval (.294, 10 Rs, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 2 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Red Sox, Hutchison is 2-1 with a 4.64 ERA. He gets a struggling Boston offense that's batting just .238. Devon Travis (.368, 15 Rs, 6 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Boston is a -134 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Red Sox are 6-5 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -58. They have an SU record of 6-7 against teams in their division and a 3-3 record when they were the favorite in those games. The Red Sox come into the game with the fourth-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the AL with an average of 4.3 walks per game.
On the other side, the Blue Jays have a record of 4-5 when they are the underdog and are -290 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 4-6 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-3 record. They sport the second-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 5.3 runs per game. The Blue Jays are known for their bats, hitting 66 extra base hits.
So far this season, the Red Sox are 1-0 against the Blue Jays. This game will feature Hutchison (RHP) on the mound against the Red Sox, who have an 8-7 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Buchholz will take the mound against the Blue Jays, who have a 7-9 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Over
This season, the Red Sox hold an even 7-7 record against AL East teams. The Blue Jays sit at 8-9 against these opponents.
Boston has won 50% (4-4) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Toronto has won 71% (5-2) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Red Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are coming in with a 5-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
The Red Sox and the Blue Jays are both 1-9 when they are outhit.
Both falling in the top five of the league based on total home runs this season, Boston ranks fifth with 24 homers and Toronto is second with 26.
Ranking eighth, Toronto is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.16 per game. Boston ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.32.
Ranking 13th, Boston is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.697). Toronto ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .740.
The Blue Jays are 8-7 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 6-8 when they allow at least one homer.