Yesterday, David Price really impressed a Fenway crowd for the first time, at least as a member as the home team. He located his straight change on both sides of the plate, froze righties with his backdoor cut fastball and tied up the powerful Blue Jays with inside cheese. Toronto should look a little more comfortable today in a familiar spot against Steven Wright.
Like last weekend when Boston was able to take the first two games in Toronto, the Blue Jays will try to salvage the series finale against Steven Wright. They were successful then, no thanks much to their offense. Wright pitched well, allowing just six hits and one earned run in 6.2 innings pitched but the Jays got a shutout behind seven strong innings from Marco Estrada, whom the Sox beat yesterday. While last time out was impressive for Mr. Wright, it’s just so difficult to get this Toronto lineup back-to-back and the gut doesn’t expect it to go so well for the man a second time in a smaller ballpark against all that right-handed power. It could be one of those days the Green Monster might want to take cover.
Aaron Sanchez, however, did not get mixed up with the Red Sox when the two teams met last weekend. Instead, the young righty has delivered against two different divisional opponents in his first two starts – shutting down both Tampa Bay and New York. Sanchez suffered at times last season but really is a nice little looking arm who has improved with regularity. I don’t think he has to limit the Sox to a run like he did to both the Rays and Yankees, and if Sanchez can spin a quality start then you’ve got to like the Blue Jays’ chances to take this one. Like with the Cardinals Friday, we’re taking a -1 line for a potentially bigger payout if this one is a just a little more one-sided.
Free Pick: Blue Jays -1 (+116)
YTD: 2-2 +0.33
2015: 31-25-5 +1.09
2014: 45-28-3 +9.02