The Red Sox finish April with a sweep against the Astros and in the final day of April and into the beginning of May head north of the border to face the Toronto Blue Jays. In their last meeting in early April the Sox took the series 2-1 including a dominating 13-0 win over R.A. Dickey. Joel Hanrahan was brought off the DL this morning and added to the Sox roster pushing Daniel Bard down to AA. David Ortiz will also be on hot watch this series as he hopes to continue is 20 game hitting streak and keep his average over .500 including his 2 monstrous home runs. The Blue Jays will still continue to be without Jose Reyes throughout this series and most likely most of May. Sox injuries are all focused around Shane Victorino who has been battling back injuries for the past few games which will leave Carp in the game. The Sox were the best team in baseball throughout April and hope to continue that through May as well. Game 1 of this series will feature Red Sox ace Jon Lester who is coming off a no decision versus Oakland. In that game Lester struggled with his overall location but from the way he played throughout the game it may have been just a 1 game fluke. So far he is 4-0 and hopes to get the 5th win to match teammate Clay Buchholz. To face him will be Blue Jay's number 2, Brandon Morrow. Morrow has not been off to the best start as he is 0-2 with a 5.27 ERA. Morrow has yet to go more than 6 1/3 innings so the bullpen will most likely need to back him up again this game. Another note for the Sox batting is that Daniel Nava has been given the start in right field for game 1. Game 2 will feature baseball's best pitcher through the month of April, Clay Buchholz. Buchhoiz has started his season 5-0 with an ERA below 1.50 and only has 25 hits allowed this season. The Jays did not see Buchholz in the first series they met so new faces will be seen in this series at the plate for Clay. To face Clay will be Mark Buerhle who also has not had the best start to his season with 22 runs allowed over 28 1/3 innings leading to a 6.35 ERA. Buerhle has 1.9 home runs allowed per nine innings so with the Sox hot bats that may cause a struggle for Mark throughout the game. Game 3 will feature native Canadian Ryan Dempster who did not play in Toronto in April. Dempster picked up his first Red Sox victory last week versus the Astros coming with 43 strikeouts which gives him a 3:1 ratio on strikeouts to walks. To face him will be the Jays star pitcher through April, J.A Happ who is coming off four days rest. Through Happ's first 5 games he is 2-1 with 24 strikeouts. In Happ's last appearance versus the Sox in April he shut them out 5-0 but the Sox bats have proved this series, that will not happen again. After 5 home runs in game 2 leading the Sox to a 10-1 win the Sox are ready for tonight but Happ is also prepared to shut the Red Sox offence down.

 

Predictions:

Game 1: Red Sox win 6-4

Game 2: Red Sox win 5-2

Game 3: Red Sox win 7-5 (10 innings)

 

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