The Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays will continue their four-game series on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. These two American League East rivals have split the first two games of the series, with neither game being very competitive. Boston is trying to play its way back into the playoff race, while the Toronto Blue Jays have their sights set on building towards the future.
Toronto comes into this game with a record of just 36-60, and they will have a high draft pick next summer. The Blue Jays still have the talent to compete at times, but this has been a rough season up in Canada. Boston fell to 51-44 with the loss on Tuesday night, and they can’t afford to keep losing games. The Red Sox sit three games out of a Wild Card spot in the American League. The Boston Red Sox are -250 over the Toronto Blue Jays in game three of the series.
Sanchez Has Struggled For Toronto
The Toronto Blue Jays have a ton of young talent in their everyday lineup, but their starting pitching has been a mess all season long. Aaron Sanchez will make the start for Toronto on Wednesday night, and he will be looking to turn his season around. The 27-year-old has been a good pitcher for the Blue Jays in the past but comes into this game with a 3-13 record to go along with an AL-worst 6.22 earned run average.
Toronto has hit 133 home runs this season as a team, and that’s really the only thing that they do extremely well. The Blue Jays have six different players with at least 10 bombs on the season, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Randal Grichuk have each hit a team-high 16 home runs. Shortstop Freddy Galvis leads the team with 95 hits and a .271 batting average, but this Blue Jays team has some young talent that continues to get better.
Red Sox Just Need More Offense
It’s crazy to think that the Boston Red Sox are continuing to struggle on offense, but that has been the case so far in 2019. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers have both had big seasons, but they need some help from their teammates. Bogaerts leads the team with 21 home runs and 74 runs batted in, while Devers is hitting. 322 with a team-high 118 hits.
The Red Sox will have one of their best pitchers on the mound in this game, and that should help out. Eduardo Rodriguez comes into this start with a 10-4 record but does sport a 4.43 earned run average. The left-hander has won his last four decisions for the Red Sox and has done his part in keeping the team in the playoff race.
Boston Wins Game Three
Toronto likely got their only win of the series on Tuesday night, and the final two games might be rough for Blue Jays fans. The Blue Jays can score runs with the best teams in the American League, but they just don’t have any pitching. Boston needs this win in a big way, and they will get it. Bet the Boston Red Sox -240 over the Toronto Blue Jays in game three of this rivalry series.