Chris Mazza (0-1, 6.35 ERA) vs. Hyun Jin Ryu (2-1, 3.19 ERA)
The Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays are scheduled to play their third and final game in Buffalo at Sahlen Field on Thursday evening. This will be the rubber-match between the Red Sox and Blue Jays after the Red Sox won 9-7, and then the Blue Jays responded with a big 9-1 win yesterday.
Shun Yamaguchi was impressive in his first major league win. The Japanese national went 4 innings with 2 hits and 1 earned run allowed. His cutter was filthy and had the Red Sox guessing all game.
Rowdy Tellez and Vlad Jr. had themselves a night, as Tellez racked up 4 RBI on 3-for-4 hitting, while Vlad Jr. went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI. Guerrero hasn’t broken out this season like many expected, but there is the second half for him to find his confidence.
For a young player like him, confidence is awfully important. The talent and power is there for him. He just has to get into a groove and everything else will take care of itself. Expect him to develop into a major asset for the Blue Jays in the coming years.
Over on the other side, Colton Brewer had a rough go of it, as he gave up 5 hits and 4 earned runs through 3.2 innings of baseball. Ryan Weber and Austin Brice didn’t do much better to slow down the Jays’ bats either, as the offense kept coming for Toronto. Brice couldn’t get out of an inning as he was tagged for 2 hits and 2 earned runs before getting pulled.
The Red Sox will have to deal with another standout from an east Asian baseball league on Thursday. Ryu has already asserted himself in the major leagues. He made a name for himself in LA with the Dodgers, and has since moved on to pitch for the Blue Jays after signing a four-year deal in the offseason. The Red Sox are expected to counter with Chris Mazza. Head below for our free Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays pick for August 27, 2020.
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Chris Mazza will have to step up in a big way for the Red Sox faithful to have some confidence in him. Right now, the Red Sox don’t have any other options to go with in this spot, though, so 30-year-old Mazza is getting an opportunity in the big leagues. Mazza made his major league debut with the New York Mets last season and didn’t impress. He didn’t make the most of his nine appearances out of the bullpen.
Mazza posted an ERA of 5.51 and 1.59 WHIP through 16.1 innings. The opposition connected for a .328 batting average against Mazza in nine games. In a rare opportunity as a starting hurler in the majors, Mazza has struggled to perform with the Red Sox as well. Mazza goes into Buffalo with an ERA of 6.35 and 2.12 WHIP through two appearances, one of which was a start and as a reliever.
Mazza gave up 8 hits and 4 earned runs in 3 innings against the Yankees in his first major league start. This wasn’t against the Grade A Yankees lineup either. They are banged up and just getting by right now, as the injuries are piling up on them in a familiar scene. Mazza has a big task ahead of him on Thursday. A lightly used minor leaguer isn’t pitching opposite Mazza on Thursday. The Jays will be going with their prized free agent signing who has had a lot of success in his KBO and MLB career.
Ryu had a couple of so-so performances to open his career as a Blue Jay, but has since settled in nicely. He hasn’t allowed more than 1 earned run in four straight outings. That has helped Ryu get his ERA all the way down to a 3.19 ERA along with a 1.03 WHIP. The Red Sox have failed to score a run against Ryu. He’s locked them down for no runs across 44 at-bats. It is unlikely that Mazza will be able to match Ryu on Thursday.