Marcus Stroman (5-1, 3.89 ERA) and Rick Porcello (7-2, 3.47 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (25-25) and the Boston Red Sox (29-19) at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won the last game 7-5, and Toronto leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 28 and can be seen on NESN and RSN.
Stroman pitched 7.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out three and walking two in a 3-1 win over the Twins. Josh Donaldson (.257, 39 Rs, 13 HRs, 29 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 4 for 5 with two runs, two home runs, and five RBIs. Porcello went 5.2 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking one in a 5-2 win over the Indians in his last outing. David Ortiz (.337, 24 Rs, 12 HRs, 45 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Red Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds for Toronto and Boston are Blue Jays -125, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
This season, the Red Sox hold an even 10-10 record against AL East teams. The Blue Jays sit at 13-14 against these opponents.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Red Sox have a 4-11 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
It looks like the Blue Jays have a slight leg up on the Red Sox, as the Blue Jays have won their last three games while the Red Sox have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 19-6. The Red Sox have a 28-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Boston tops the league in runs with 281 this season. Toronto ranks in the top half at 13th with 204.
Toronto and Boston both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Toronto sits at sixth with 176 this season and Boston ranks 10th with 161.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 21-14, well-matched with the Red Sox who are 23-13 when hitting one or more homers.