Aaron Sanchez (4-1, 3.20 ERA) and Joe Kelly (2-0, 5.28 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (24-25) and the Boston Red Sox (29-18) at the Rogers Centre. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 27 and can be seen on NESN and RSN1.
Sanchez pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs and striking out seven in a 9-3 win over the Twins. Jose Bautista (.238, 30 Rs, 10 HRs, 34 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Kelly went 6.2 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out seven and walking three in a 9-1 win over the Indians in his most recent start. 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 -140, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
The Red Sox lead the season series, 4-3.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
The Blue Jays are 12-14 against their divisional rivals, while the Red Sox are 10-9 against their division.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Blue Jays need to step it up. The Red Sox have a record of 13-4 when opponents get six hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 1-12. The Blue Jays have a 4-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Toronto and Boston both rank in the top 10 of the league in home runs. Toronto sits at seventh with 61 home runs this season and Boston ranks 10th with 55.
Ranking first in hits, Boston has earned 10.51 per game this season. Toronto ranks 25th with 7.84 hits.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Boston has an OPS of .848 this season. Toronto ranks 19th with an OPS of .712.
The Red Sox are 18-14 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 13-18 when they allow at least one homer.