R.A. Dickey (2-6, 4.64 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (29-26) are in Boston to meet David Price (7-1, 5.11 ERA) and the Red Sox (32-22) in a matchup that has the potential for plenty of offense. This is the first of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 3 and will air on NESN and RSN.
In his last start, Price pitched 6.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking three in a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays. David Ortiz (.335, 28 Rs, 16 HRs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. The Blue Jays were unsuccessful the last time Dickey pitched. He went 5.1 innings, giving up three runs, striking out one and walking four in a 5-3 loss to the Red Sox. Michael Saunders (.295, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 19 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with two runs and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Red Sox -175 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
The Red Sox are an even 13-13 against the division, while the Blue Jays sit at 17-15.
Toronto has won 48% (11-12) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 63% (17-10) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Red Sox have a 5-13 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 2-13. The Blue Jays have a 5-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Boston and Toronto both rank in the top 10 of the league in home runs. Boston sits at sixth with 71 home runs this season and Toronto ranks eighth with 69.
Ranking first in hits, Boston has earned 10.59 per game this season. Toronto ranks 20th with 8.09 hits.
Boston ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .856. Toronto ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .728.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 15-18. When the Red Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 19-17 record.