Red Sox Series Preview: Vs. Blue Jays

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Apr 26, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman

Pablo Sandoval

(48) celebrates as he run the bases on designated hitter Hanley Ramirez (not pictured) home run in the ninth inning off Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher

Jason Garcia

(not pictured) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Predictions:

  • Game One Winner – Boston Red Sox, in a tight battle, where both starters keep the scores low
  • Game Two Winner – Toronto Blue Jays, where their ace has one more inning in him than the other one
  • Game Three Winner – Boston Red Sox, in a close but completely offensive-minded affair
  • Overall – Boston Red Sox will win 2 out of 3 games

The real ace for the Blue Jays will be catcher Russell Martin, the three-time All-Star who joined Toronto in the off-season. His steadying influence on Hutchison should keep the ace less rattled than Buchholz, if things start to go downhill for the two starters.

There is nothing to say that the pitching will be there for the Red Sox, but the same can be said for the Blue Jays in the later innings. If Toronto keeps putting Brett Cecil out there in relief, having earned a 7.20 ERA from 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, a hit-batsman, and a blown save in only 5 innings of work, the Red Sox will always be in the same, still. If the Blue Jays start using their bullpen prospect Roberto Osuna more often, who has only given up an earned run on 6 hits and 12 strikeouts in 10.1 innings, then the Red Sox may never be able to come back from a deficit in the series.

Either way, it’s about time that the Red Sox big names start playing like their potential says that they would, or at least their paychecks do. Time to show some pride in the club that believed so much in their services to give them the contracts they recently signed.

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