The Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox will continue a three-game series when they clash at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Wednesday night.
Stick a fork in ’em
Red Sox have already been eliminated from contention for the American League East title and are watching their slim hopes for a wild-card berth fade away as they stumble down the stretch. The defending World Series champions hope to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat on Wednesday. Boston has scored only nine runs during its four-game slide despite the fifth home run in seven contests by reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts, who has eight RBIs in that span. Rafael Devers recorded his major league-leading 50th double in the series opener, the youngest Red Sox player to reach that mark and first since Dustin Pedroia in 2008.
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Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.60 ERA) is taking the mound for Boston on Wednesday. Chacin was picked up by the Red Sox following his release from Milwaukee and served as the opener in his Boston debut against the Yankees last Friday, striking out four batters and not allowing a run or a hit in his 2.0-inning stint. The 31-year-old Venezuelan, who went 0-7 over his last 12 starts with the Brewers, also tossed a scoreless inning of relief against the Yankees on Sunday.
While Boston fell nine games behind Oakland for the second wild card with 17 to play, Toronto halted a season-worst seven-game losing streak with its first victory in September. Rowdy Tellez continued to torment the Red Sox with a tie-breaking two-run homer in the 4-3 win over Boston–his sixth against them in 10 games this season. Catcher Reese McGuire has multiple hits in four of the last seven games.
Trent Thornton (4-9, 5.23 ERA) will oppose Chacin on Wednesday. The right-hander extended his winless drought to six starts in last time out at Tampa Bay, limiting the Rays to three runs (one earned) and four hits over 4.2 innings–the third straight outing he failed to pitch beyond five innings. After a solid first start against Boston on June 21, the 25-year-old rookie was pummeled by the Red Sox in two subsequent outings as he gave up a combined 12 runs and 16 hits over only 4.0 innings.
The Boston Red Sox are:
- 8-2 in their last 10 road games
- 10-3 in their last 13 games against right-handed starters
- 68-22 in their last 90 games against teams with winning percentages under .400
The Toronto Blue Jays are:
- 4-17 in their last 21 overall
- 2-5 in their last seven home games
- 20-48 in their last 68 games against teams with winning records