Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Pick – MLB April 19th

The beat goes on for the Toronto Blue Jays. As the city is falling in love with the Maple Leafs right now, is the love affair over for the Blue Jays? I can say one thing, if the Blue Jays want to save some ankles from breaking of fans jumping off the bandwagon, they better start winning some games.

Their most recent screw up came last night against the Red Sox on Tuesday. Stroman was no match for the Red Sox, as they drilled him for 6 runs in what was another loss for the Blue Jays.
The injuries and losses are starting to pile up, with their latest loss putting them at 2-11 on the year. Embarrassing is one way to describe what’s happening with the Blue Jays. For the last decade, it’s been the hockey team in Toronto as the embarrassment of the city.

It’s a long schedule, though, and all it can take is a solid month to make amends. Without Josh Donaldson taking pitches in the batter’s box it’s not going to be the easiest, however. Reports are suggesting that Donaldson will be out until mid-May with a calf injury.

The rotation has taken a hit as well, with J.A. Happ, Aaron Sanchez, J.P. Howell all fighting injuries. It’s never a good time for injuries, but if these four, notably Donaldson, Happ, and Sanchez are going to be trying to play through injuries, it’s going to be a tough sequence of affairs this season for the Blue Jays. The slow start will not be a fluke, if so.

The Jays will be looking at getting Francisco Liriano a hot start tonight, his third of the season. He was destroyed in his first start, getting hit for an unheard of 135.00 ERA and 21.00 WHIP against the Rays. Liriano allowed 5 runs and 5 hits in 0.1 innings. As such, his numbers got all distorted right from the get-go. Let’s get to our Red Sox vs. Blue Jays pick.

Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick

Rick Porcello (1-1, 7.56 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

The Red Sox advanced to 9-5 with a 8-7 win last night. They nearly blew a 8-4 lead, but were fortunate to hold on. For the Blue Jays, I think it adds a little salt in the wound to come just short of pulling off a comeback like that. The Blue Jays will try and get their 3rd win tonight.

Boston will send Rick Porcello out on the hump, who is getting off to a slow start himself. Porcello allowed 8 runs in just 4.1 innings of work in his last outing. His first two starts saw him give up 3 runs in each. He’s looking to improve on his stellar 3.15 ERA from a year ago.

Porcello was serviceable in his last couple starts against Toronto, allowing 2 and 3 runs in two separate showings. The Blue Jays have been clueless at the plate this season thus far, especially against right-handed pitching.

In their last ten games, they’ve managed to hit only .195 against righties. I suspect Porcello responds after getting dinged for 8 runs last time out on the mound. The Jays’ offense woke up for an inning last night, but other than flurries here and there, they’ve been lifeless. The Red Sox should win their fifth straight, while the rest of the city is watching the Capitals and Leafs.

PICK: RED SOX (-105)

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