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The Toronto Blue Jays take on the Boston Red Sox in the second game of their four-game series. Jason Radowitz breaks down the game.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox Prediction: Can Nick Pivetta Turn Things Around?

The Boston Red Sox can't be happy with the first few weeks of the regular season. The Red Sox are 7-10 on the year and just dropped another game to the Toronto Blue Jays last night. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, things aren't going to get easier tonight as the pitching matchup clearly favors the Blue Jays. Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Tuesday's game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Blue Jays vs. Red Sox Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: April 26, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:07 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: SNET-1, NESN

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Blue Jays vs Red Sox Injury Report

Red Sox

Out: 2B Jonathan Arauz (Illness)

Blue Jays

Out: OF Dexter Fowler (Knee), OF Teoscar Hernandez (Oblique), C Danny Jansen (Oblique), 3B Cavan Biggio (Illness)

Blue Jays vs. Red Sox Line Movement

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox Prediction

The Boston Red Sox haven't been able to close out games very well and continue to play subpar baseball. Granted, J.D. Martinez had been out for a little bit due to injury but overall, the Red Sox are flat-out struggling. Boston will look to get one back against the Blue Jays in the second game of a four-game series. However, the pitching matchup isn’t favorable for the Red Sox. Nick Pivetta is still in the rotation despite having an 0-3 record with a 10.03 ERA to start the season. Pivetta has a 4.59 xFIP with 10.2% walks dating back to last season. While he’s very capable of high strikeouts, he's also very capable of allowing a ton of long balls. He's already allowed four of them this season through 11.2 innings. Toronto is much more powerful against left-handed pitching. However, the Blue Jays are starting to break out against righties too. Toronto's consistent batters are George Springer and Vald Guerrero Jr., who have both smashed righties dating back to last season. Lately, guys like Bo Bichette, Zack Collins, Lourdes Gurriel along with Matt Chapman are all starting to heat up. Meanwhile, Kevin Gausman will take the hill for the Blue Jays. He’s been much better than Pivetta and has a 2.89 ERA to start the season. Dating back to last year, Gausman has a 3.37 xFIP with 29.6% strikeouts and 6.2% walks. The Red Sox have had success against righties dating back to last season but so far this year, the offense has been harder to find. Still, the projected lineup has a .196 ISO and could ultimately do some damage against Gausman. That just wasn't the case last week when Gausman allowed one run on seven hits in eight innings of work on the road against Boston. Meanwhile, Pivetta allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings of work in his last start against the Blue Jays Therefore, I'll take the Blue Jays Over 2.5 in the first five innings on the team total.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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