MLB Baseball: Visiting Toronto Small Underdog Against Boston in AL East Matchup

Toronto Blue Jays (+113) at Boston Red Sox (-122, 8.5 O/U )

Left-hander Drew Hutchison, 2-0 with a 5.48 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays in their road matchup with the Boston Red Sox. Hutchison was nearly untouchable over eight innings against the O’s on Thursday. He was perfect through five innings and became the first Blue Jays starter this season to go beyond the seventh. The Blue Jays are 3-1 in games started by him.

Left-hander Clay Buchholz will take the mound for the home team. Buchholz got a no-decision in his last start at Tampa Bay on Thursday, but pitched very well. The right-hander gave up one earned run on just two hits in six innings — striking out 10 The Red Sox, 1-3 in his starts, have gone over 50% of the time in those starts. Forecasts are calling for 59° temperatures. The humidity will be around 35%. No rain is expected in this game.

Buchholz: 31 years old left-hander, 6’3” 190 pounds.
Throws: fastball (91.6 mph, 45%), curve (24%) cutter (16%) splitter (12%) knuckler 3%

Toronto Blue Jays Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 5.71 (1)
Home Runs: 24 (2)
Batting average: 0.257 (9)
On-base percentage: 0.331 (6)
Slugging percentage: 0.449 (4)
Stolen bases: 8 (18)
Last seven games: 1 (.840 OPS)
Last 14 games: 2 (.838 OPS)
Last 28 games: 5 (.780 OPS)
Versus Righties: 7 (.777 OPS)
Versus lefties: 5 (.791 OPS)
Home: 4 (.844 OPS)
Away: 15 (.691 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 18 (.714 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 12 (.620 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 11 (.767 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 4 (.833 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 9 (.742 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 3 (.866 OPS)
First five innings: 3 (.822 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 16 (.649 OPS)

Hutchison: 25 years old left-hander, 6’3” 195 pounds.
Throws: fastball (92.1 mph, 65%), slider (23%), splitter (12%)

Boston Red Sox Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 4.94 (4)
Home Runs: 18 (9)
Batting average: 0.234 (21)
On-base percentage: 0.326 (8)
Slugging percentage: 0.355 (23)
Stolen bases: 12 (8)
Last seven games: 22 (.640 OPS)
Last 14 games: 19 (.680 OPS)
Last 28 games: 14 (.681 OPS)
Versus Righties: 19 (.665 OPS)
Versus lefties: 10 (.748 OPS)
Home: 12 (.710 OPS)
Away: 18 (.664 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 22 (.624 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 11 (.621 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 15 (.737 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 28 (.552 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 22 (.636 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 9 (.754 OPS)
First five innings: 12 (.719 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 27 (.501 OPS)