Steven Wright (5-4, 2.45 ERA) starts for the Boston Red Sox (32-23) as they square off against Marcus Stroman (5-1, 4.46 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (30-26) in the second of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The Blue Jays won the last game 5-2, and Toronto leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 4 and can be seen on NESN and RSN.
Wright pitched 9.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking five in a 7-2 win over the Orioles. David Ortiz (.342, 28 Rs, 16 HRs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 2. Stroman went 5.1 innings, surrendering seven runs, striking out five and walking one in a 10-9 win over the Red Sox in his last outing. Michael Saunders (.296, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 19 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The odds for Boston and Toronto are Red Sox -115, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 9.5 as of now.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 6-5.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
The Red Sox hold a 13-14 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Blue Jays' record in these matchups is 18-15.
The Red Sox managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are coming in with an 8-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Blue Jays have a slight leg up on the Red Sox, as the Blue Jays have won their last four games while the Red Sox have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 23-7. The Red Sox have a 30-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Boston has earned 326 this season. Toronto ranks 14th with 237 runs.
Boston and Toronto both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Boston sits at seventh with 190 this season and Toronto ranks sixth with 193.
The Red Sox are 25-16 when they hit at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 25-15 record.