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The Toronto Blue Jay and Boston Red Sox open a four-game series Monday night. This is a battle between first and fourth place in the AL East, as division-leading Red Sox will try to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack this week at Fenway Park. They currently have a lead in a game over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Blue Jays looking for repayment
July 19 and 21 were the last time these two division enemies crossed paths. Boston ended up sweeping the two-game set and outscoring Toronto 20-8 combined over the two games. The Blue Jays are currently 49-46 on the season, but still 9.5 games left from first-place Sox. It looks like the only hope the Jays have of making the post season will sneak into the Wild Card Game. They are 4.5 games left of the Wild Card site at the moment, making each game much more important.
According to Stat Fox and Oddsshark, Thomas Hatch will be the starting pitcher for the Blue Jays in this one. However, MLB.com has not officially confirmed him as the starter, so this information is subject to change. Hatch was solid as an emergency pitcher last season for Toronto. According to MLB.com, the organization has always wanted him to be a part of the starting rotation. He was set to be a starter when spring training began this season, but Hatch was placed at IL with a right elbow obstruction and side density. He finally recovered and performed well in Triple-A at the end of June. The right-hander is now with the Jays and has been used as a relief since the injury to Alex Manoah.
Vladimir Guerreo Jr. has been terrorizing opposing pitchers all season. Vladdy is number two on the MLB home run list with 32 dingers. Three left by Ohtani, who has 35. 2x All-Star has beaten 79 RBIs, which is good for 2nd in the Majors. His slugging average is .326 and his slugging is at .668. The man is unconscious at the plate this season and has to watch TV every time he comes up to bat.
Boston has the best location in AL East
Watching AL East unfold late in the season will be very entertaining, and the Red Sox will be right in the thick of it. The Sox are fresh from a series win over the Mets as they took three of four from New York. They have a lead in a game over the Tampa Bay Rays and will look to win a spot this week at home.
Nick Pivetta gets his start on the Red Sox this Monday at Fenway. In 19 starts this season, Pivetta is 8-4 and carries a 4.37 ERA. His last start came against the same Blue Jays he meets Monday night. He lasted 6.2 innings and gave up four earned runs against Toronto. He won the victory when the Sox took the Blue Jays down with a score of 13-4.
The Boston offense has been shooting at all cylinders all season, especially when they are at Fenway. According to Oddsshark, they are 5th race scored per. home game (5.36) and 4th in hits per. home game (9.06). While Fenway is a hitter’s ballpark, there’s no excuse for the Red Sox ‘rough home defense numbers. They are 21st in runs allowed per. Home game (4.66) and 27th in allowed hits (9.14).
- 5-1 in their last 6 matches
- 2-6 in their last 8 games against Boston