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Welcome to tonight’s Blue Jays LIVE Game Thread vs the Boston Red Sox.
Toronto Blue Jays (23-22) vs Boston Red Sox (20-23)
The Blue Jays currently sit just ONE game back of first place and TWO ahead of the Red Sox. This would be a good time to put some space between themselves and John Ferrell’s club. Jeff Morten (@Tallboywrites) has already provided us with an in depth preview of this series. Apparently, the Red Sox made some news today.
He won’t be in the lineup tonight, or this series for that matter. He’ll need to get in some minor league games first. There goes the Blue Jays should sign Drew nonsense. Bring on the Blue Jays SHOULD HAVE signed Drew nonsense. Tonight we’ll see which J.A. HAPPens to show up. That’s right! I’m rolling out the puns tonight. Will we see the guy who only went 2 1/3 innings against the Angels? Or, the guy who went 6 innings against the Indians and only walked 2 batters allowing one run? Which, indeed. Lifetime, Happ is 1-2, 4.91 ERA against the Red Sox. Oddly, though, only Dustin Pedroia (.429)has had what we could call success against Happ. Johnny Gomes has had the most at bats against him, but sports a .083 average.
Basically, if his pitches HAPPen to find the strike zone J.A. will be just fine tonight. The Red Sox will make him work, though. At least they should. It’s what I would do. Make that pitch count rise. With an off day yesterday, the bullpen should be rested. They may need to be…
The Red Sox will counter with Felix Doubront. His last outing came against the Twins where he held them to one run in six innings. Lifetime, Doubront is 3-2, 4.60 against the Blue Jays. The Jays hitters have had reasonable success against Doubront. Jose Bautista has 3 HR against him, Jose Reyes is hitting .400 and Edwin Encarnacion has a .333 average with a HR and 4 RBI.
Tonight’s lineups via Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi:
Let the party begin. Feel free to chime in below. Give us your thoughts, gripes, insights, etc.