Talk about teams going in different directions. Despite their penchant for bat flips the Blue Jays reek of mediocrity thanks to the fact that their lineup isn’t very good and their pitching staff is weaker than my left arm. Meanwhile the Sox have been riding high on a one-way train to the top of the standings as they are 6-4 in their last 10 and have been winning series left and right with no sign of slowing down. Their 276 runs scored top the MLB by a long shot as their powerful lineup has been near unstoppable, it’s their pitching that will be key this weekend though.
Joe Kelly (2-0, 5.28 ERA, 15.1 IP, 18Ks) vs Aaron Sanchez (4-1, 3.20 ERA, 59 IP, 52Ks)
This should be a good game, Kelly last took a no hitter into the seventh whereas Sanchez may be one of the best, if not the best, pitchers in the Jays’ rotation. It’ll be their best vs our, recently, best pitcher in what should be a duel of two flamethrowers. If Kelly can locate his pitches it should be a good game. If not, well duck and cover.
Rick Porcello (7-2, 3.47 ERA, 57 IP, 54Ks) vs Marcus Stroman (5-1, 3.89 ERA, 69.1 IP, 46Ks)
As good as Porcello was to kick off the season, he’s had a bit of a rough going lately. He’ll get a shot at redemption, though it’ll be a tough and hard earned victory given the Jays’ penchant for power. I have faith in Rick though, I’m hoping for a turnaround from his mini slump.
David Price (7-1, 5.34 ERA, 62.1 IP, 76Ks) vs RA Dickey (2-6, 4.60 ERA, 60.2 IP, 47Ks)
Easy one. Price has been hot on a stretch of success lately as he seems back to his old self. He’s been going deep into games, hitting the mid-nineties on the radar gun, and as effective as ever evidenced by his 7-1 record. He’ll be opposed by Dickey whom the Sox always find a way to beat up and shake early in the game so let’s hope the series finale is more of the same.
Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
- Xander Bogaerts is the latest in hot hitters for the Sox as he is batting .400 in the past week and riding a 19-game hit streak. The kid is good.
- David Ortiz is playing like a man possessed batting an astounding .500 in the past week while driving 11 runs in.
- Mookie Betts has heated up considerably as he is batting .375 in his past six games with two homers.
- Jackie Bradley Jr‘s streak may have ended, but he is still 7 for his last 19–pretty damn good if you ask me.
- Christian Vazquez is just 2 for his last 19–ouch!
- Travis Shaw hasn’t faired much better batting .174 while striking out eight times in the past week as he is coming back to earth.
- Hanley Ramirez is batting a paltry .182 in the past six games with four strikeouts in his past six games.
I like our lineup and while our pitching is “meh” I got a feeling that we can take the Jays this weekend. Time to burry them in the standings and pad our lead, let’s take two of three!