Jays, Red Sox Battle At Fenway, the Boston Red Sox trail in the American League East but now they have an opening. The East-leading Tampa Bay Rays haven't cooled off, they aren't fading, but maybe they are about to. The Rays just lost their top outfielder, Carl Crawford, for the season and also lost their emerging third baseman, Evan Longoria, for a prolonged period of time. The oddsmakers at Betonline.com currently have the Boston Red Sox as the +1.5 -170 dogs heading into this MLB matchup.
The Red Sox will try to make up some ground as the Toronto Blue Jays visit. The task will be a tall order as American League Cy Young favorite Roy Halladay will be on the mound. BetOnline.com has the
Halladay is 13-9 with the Blue Jays but would be at least a 20-game winner on a real contender. He has seven complete games, which is an amazing total. He's averaged 7.2 innings per start while striking out roughly 6.5 batters per outing.
The Jays are just 2-3 in his last five starts mostly because he's been giving up a lot of hits. Outside of his last five starts, he's allowed just 125 hits in 146.1 innings pitched but has allowed 35 in his last 35.2 innings of work.
Halladay has started twice against the Red Sox this season allowing just five earned runs in 16.2 innings of work.
He'll face Clay Buchholz, who has really struggled this year.
Buchholz has given up 37 earned runs in his last 38.2 innings pitched. He's given up 58 hits (eight home runs) and 23 walks in that span (2.12 WHIP).
The good news is he has pitched better at home than on the road. At Fenway Park, he's 2-2 with a 3.45 ERA and opposing batters are hitting .243 against him in five starts. Away from home, he's 0-6 with an 8.18 ERA and opposing hitters are batting .330.
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