Where: Rogers Centre
When: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 7:07 pm ET
We have an American League East matchup to discuss for Tuesday night when the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays meet for game one of their three-game scheduled series and the last series of the season for the two clubs. The Red Sox are third in the American League East and scheduled righty Nathan Eovaldi as their probable starter against Toronto. The Blue Jays are fourth in the AL East and their probable starter against Boston is right-hander T.J. Zeuch.
Red Sox Fire Dave Dombrowski
The Red Sox won the 2018 World Series and because they will likely miss the playoffs, they decided to fire President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski. Because you know, if an offense can’t get hits or score runs, someone has to take the fall for it and it will never be the players, it will always be someone from the front office or the manager. Boston has played .500 ball over their last 10 and enter their series with Toronto hoping to end a two-game losing streak. Boston still has an outside chance to earn of the two American League Wild Cards, but at eight-games back they need to go on an incredible run for that to happen.
Eovaldi (1-0, 5.77) has missed most of the season due to injury rehabilitation and has made eight starts and has a 1.51 WHIP and his 4.82 xFIP suggests maybe the veteran righty has been unlucky and could see positive regression headed his way at some point this season. Eovaldi has allowed nine earned runs over his previous 16 innings pitched and strikes out 9.12 per nine while allowing 4.47 walks and 1.86 bombs per nine innings pitched this season.
Toronto has scored 12 runs over their last five games and scores an average of 4.28 runs per game with 114 bombs this season at Rogers Centre and has blasted 151 home runs against right-handed pitching this season.
Blue Jays Seven Game Losing Streak
Toronto is a rebuilding team and has seemed to turn the ballclub over to their youth, which boasts a few second-generation MLB players. Vladimer Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio have all had decent seasons and in the learning phases of being Major Leaguers. Toronto has lost eight of its last 10 games and enters their series with the Red Sox hoping to end a seven-game losing streak. The Blue Jays have been outscored by 99 runs and have a 27-42 record at Rogers Centre this season.
Zeuch (0-0, 4.50) is making his second Major League appearance and his first big league start on Tuesday night. We don’t know that much about the young fella, but we do know he’s primarily a groundball pitcher with a low strikeout rate that doesn’t walk many nor does he allow many balls to fly over the outfield wall. He’ll be perfect on Tuesday against the underachieving Red Sox.
Boston has scored 19 runs over their last five games and scores an average of 5.57 runs per game with 112 bombs away from Fenway Park and has slapped 150 balls against righties over the outfield wall this season.
- Blue Jays are 4-17 in their last 21 overall.
- Blue Jays are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. American League East.
- Blue Jays are 0-7 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Blue Jays are 0-5 in their last 5 games on astroturf.
- Red Sox are 6-1 in Eovaldi’s last 7 road starts.
- Red Sox are 5-1 in Eovaldi’s last 6 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Red Sox are 4-1 in Eovaldi’s last 5 starts following a team loss in their previous game.
- Red Sox are 4-1 in Eovaldi’s last 5 starts during game 1 of a series.
- Red Sox are 8-2 in Eovaldi’s last 10 starts.