The Boston Red Sox remain without a series win against an American League East foe after losing the first two games of their set with the Toronto Blue Jays and will turn to a rookie to salvage the final game of this series.
Toronto Blue Jays (-145, 11) vs Boston Red Sox
Brayan Bello will make his third career start for Boston, having allowed nine runs across eight innings in his first two, both against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Bello had a 2.35 ERA across 16 appearances at the minor league level with 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings and a 10-4 record, which should lead to long-term success at the MLB level.
The Blue Jays counter with Ross Stripling, a former All-Star starter with the Dodgers, who seems to have found his old form with a 2.11 ERA in his last 11 appearances with just 1.4 walks per nine innings and an opponents’ batting average of .218.
The Red Sox lineup is currently injury-riddled and it showed with just one run in their loss on Saturday with Rafael Devers, the team’s leader in home runs, and JD Martinez, who has a batting average above .300, both out of the lineup.
With the Red Sox dealing with injuries and Toronto’s bullpen ninth in the big leagues in bullpen ERA over the past 30 days, the conclusion of this series will be the opposite of how it started, with a low-scoring affair.
The Play: Blue Jays vs Red Sox Under 11
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