Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays 8/25/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/24/2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Rogers Centre in Toronto
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Monday night, Clay Buchholz (5 – 8, 5.94 ERA) gets the call for the Boston Red Sox as they take on J.A. Happ (8 – 8, 4.39 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays. Buchholz takes his 22nd trip to the mound as Happ makes his 20th start and 24th appearance.
Clay Buchholz was rocked in his last start and it led to a loss. In 6 innings of work, Buchholz surrendered 6 runs on 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5. The loss was the 1st decision for Buchholz after posting 3 straight no-decisions. Buchholz is just 2 - 4 in his last 10 outings as he has had a hard time finding some semblance of consistency. In 2013, Buchholz was an impressive 12 - 1 with a 1.74 ERA in 16 starts.
Last season, Buchholz was 1 – 1 with a 1.71 ERA in 3 starts against the Blue Jays. This season, Buchholz is 1 - 3 in 4 starts against Toronto.
J.A. Happ had a short outing his last time out and the result was his 3rd straight loss. In just 3.1 innings of work, Happ surrendered 4 runs and 6 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 3. Happ has been up and down in his last few starts hasn’t had a win since late July. He is just 2 - 4 in his last 10 starts. In 2013, Happ posted a record of 5 – 7 with a 4.56 ERA in 18 starts.
Last season, Happ was 1 – 1 with a 2.00 EAR in 2 starts against the Red Sox. This season, Happ is 2 – 0 in 2 starts against Boston.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston Red Sox are 54-71-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Boston Red Sox is -0.6
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 63-62-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
08/24/14 DH David Ortiz Foot questionable
08/01/14 RF Shane Victorino Back 15-day DL (7/30)
05/31/14 1B Ryan Lavarnway Wrist 60-day DL (5/30)
Toronto Blue Jays
08/07/14 3B Brett Lawrie Back 15-day DL (8/6)
07/31/14 1B Dan Johnson Hamstring 15-day DL (7/31)
07/09/14 RF Cole Gillespie Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
05/04/14 P Brandon Morrow Hand 60-day DL (5/3)
04/14/14 2B Maicer Izturis Knee 60-day DL (4/14)
Tony's Pick: Take Toronto
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