The Boston Red Sox have come back to earth, as they enter tonight on a two-game losing streak. I said that the Red Sox would probably hit some regression eventually, and of course, the game I select them in they didn’t even get a hit. The Red Sox hit a huge wall of variance, as they were no-hit by Sean Manaea of the Oakland Athletics. Manaea has been pitching well, but the Red Sox were on fire at the plate. He put that flame out really quick, as the Red Sox couldn’t get a hit and lost the contest in a 3-0 loss. Chris Sale did his part, but the offense ran into a wall against Manaea. In the following matchup, the A’s took care of business again, downing the Red Sox by a margin of 4-1.
Considering how fast this Boston offense was playing, 1 win in two games is kind of eye opening. Nevertheless, hot and cold streaks are going to happen for good teams, regardless if they’re going to be a World Series winner or not. Same goes for sports betting. With regards to my picks, I feel like I am playing ping pong with myself at the moment, but hot and cold streaks will inevitably come. The Red Sox hope to get back on track in Toronto after a day off. Despite a couple of losses in a row, they’re still a 17-4 baseball team, sitting atop the American League East. They can afford a couple of losses here and there at the moment. Rick Porcello will hit the hump for the Red Sox, while J.A. Happ will counter for the Blue Jays. Get our free Red Sox vs. Blue Jays pick below.
Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Rick Porcello (4-0, 1.40 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (3-1, 4.50 ERA)
J.A. Happ is a guy with nine lives. Just when you think his career is drawing to a conclusion, he sticks his arm in a rejuvenation machine and it looks like he can go for another five years. Happ is in his second stint with the Jays, his first lasting three years, and he is currently on his third year here. He spent some time in Pittsburgh and Seattle before jetting back to Toronto. Happ was clutch for the Blue Jays in 2016, posting an ERA of 3.18 in a year they were contending. He regressed a bit, but was still good a year ago, with a 3.53 ERA. Note that in his first stay with the Jays, he didn’t have an ERA that stayed under 4.00, and was coming off a 4.64 ERA year with the Mariners.
Happ has had a couple of good outings, and a couple of bad outings. In two of three starts at home, he’s allowed 4 runs. The longest he’s lasted on the mound is 6 innings, and in all of his starts he nearly hit the 100-pitch mark. At the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Happ owns an ERA of 5.62. Keeping the ball down has been his problem, as he’s already given up 4 deep balls at home.
Conversely, Porcello looks like he is ready to win another Cy Young. It’s early but he’s been sharp. His numbers have been pretty impressive, with a 1.40 ERA and 0.82 WHIP. On the road he has given up just 1 run in 11.1 innings pitched. After a couple of games with no offensive output, I expect the Red Sox to get it going tonight. In the majors since 2007, I think Happ has seen the last of sub-4.00 baseball. He’s proven us all wrong before, but the thought of him running into trouble wouldn’t surprise anyone. In any case, the Red Sox should be in for a bounce back performance tonight.