Blue Jays Pick To Click – June 30 vs Red Sox


Jun 18, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Rajai Davis (11) heads for home against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at the Rogers Centre. Toronto defeated Colorado 8-3. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY SportsFor those of you that have “Liked” the Jays Journal Facebook page, you will have noticed that we try to run a quick fan interaction called “Blue Jays Pick To Click”. The general thesis behind it is quite simple in that the fans try to pick who they think will have the most impact on the game being played that night.

We here at Jays Journal have seen some decent activity while running it at Facebook, so we thought that it might be worth trying here at where we could expand on it further. Here, we can provide a bit of background to each game to help you make your choices.

So let’s give this a try shall we…again?

Today the Blue Jays finish an important 4-game set with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Red Sox took the first two games of the set before the Blue Jays took game three against Boston on Saturday. Now, they’ll look to salvage a split in the series and the chance to move back to within 6.5 games of first place.

With right-hander Ryan Dempster on the mound for the Red Sox, the Blue Jays will send a slightly different line-up to the plate against the 36-year-old. Dempster is 1-1 in his career against the Blue Jays with a 5.47 ERA in 5 appearances (4 starts), with both decisions coming in 2013 (career marks against Dempster in parentheses):

1.) Jose Reyes (4 of 12, 2 RBI)
2.) Jose Bautista (4 of 15, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
3.) Edwin Encarnacion (3 of 17, 1 HR, 3 RBI)
4.) Adam Lind (1 of 5, 2 SO)
5.) Rajai Davis (0 for 1)
6.) Colby Rasmus (2 of 15, 5 SO)
7.) J.P. Arencibia (1 of 6, 2 SO)
8.) Maicer Izturis (0 for 1)
9.) Munenori Kawasaki (1 for 3, 2 RBI)

On the Toronto side of the rubber, the Blue Jays will send Mark Buehrle to the hill. The lefty is 6-9 against the Red Sox with a 4.57 ERA over 21 appearances (20 starts). However, in 8 starts at Fenway Park, he has struggled as lefties sometimes do, holding just a 3-3 record and a 5.02 ERA in baseball’s oldest ballpark.

Alright folks, that should arm you with enough information to get you going. Get your picks in and let’s root for Blue Jays to get away from Boston with a split.