The Boston Red Sox made sure that the lights were turned out on the Toronto Blue Jays early last night. They racked up a 7-1 lead in the 3rd inning and didn’t let go. The Blue Jays made it somewhat interesting in the 9th inning as they added 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th. However, that was just some sympathy runs so the score didn’t look so lopsided.
10-6 looks better than 10-3. For in-game bettors, it may have helped cash a bet on the total, so the runs proved big in that sense. Along with the offense torching Trent Thornton, David Price was looking good vs the Blue Jays’ hitter. Price allowed 2 earned runs across 6 innings of work. He will turn the ball over to Chris Sale for a Wednesday start at Rogers Centre.
Boston cannot afford to slip up against inferior opponents at this point in the game. The hangover they had in the first two months of the season didn’t help them out any, forcing them to have to play outstanding baseball in the second-half.
The Red Sox go into Wednesday with a record of 45-40 following the win. That puts them within ten games of the Yankees. That looks like a near impossible task, but who knows with injuries in the Bronx. Grabbing one of the wildcards looks well within reach, though.
They’re 1.5 games behind a wildcard at the moment. Winning winnable games against bad teams must happen for the Red Sox and they left no doubts on Tuesday. It will be up to Chris Sale to keep it going for the Red Sox, as they look to build up a winning streak before the break.
They were in danger of losing four straight last night. The Blue Jays are going to go with rookie Jacob Waguespack, who will be making his very first start in the major leagues tonight. The Jays have nothing to lose and can play him at no risk. Head below for our free Red Sox vs. Blue Jays pick.
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It’s a big night for Jacob Waguespack, as this will be his major league debut as a starting pitcher. Butterflies must be floating around in his stomach gearing up for this matchup. It isn’t just any matchup, he gets a good Red Sox offense in his debut, who just made it look easy against his teammate yesterday. Boston run in streaks, or at least this season they have, and they can go from cold to hot in an instant.
In their last three games, the Sox have scored 31 runs, so I wish good luck to the kid tonight. Adding to his stress is the guy he has to out-pitch in this one. The Red Sox are going with Chris Sale, who has the potential to pitch a lights out again.
He’s been rather average this season with an ERA of 3.82, but he still has the potential to turn the elite switch on at any moment. Sale has been better on the road in 2019, posting an ERA of 3.44 and 0.93 WHIP in 55 innings. The lefty notched a 7-5 win over the Blue Jays on June 21st, allowing 3 earned runs in 5 innings.
Toronto is likely going to have to score more to keep up with Boston in this one. Waguespack made one appearance earlier in May out of the bullpen. He allowed 3 hits and 3 runs in 4 innings in relief work. Triple-A ball hasn’t been treating him too well in Buffalo. With the Bisons, Waguespack has posted an ERA of 5.30 and 1.56 WHIP.
Don’t expect that to translate any better against the Red Sox on Wednesday night. The bats have been hot for the Red Sox, and I don’t see them letting up against a guy who has struggled in the minors. It’s just that the Blue Jays are running out of options for their starting rotation. They might as well give the farm system a chance to show their stuff in the big leagues. Expect a 9-6 or 7-4 game falling in favor of the Red Sox at Rogers Centre in this one.