MLB Preview: Boston Red Sox Look for Win in Series Finale Against Toronto Blue Jays

By Justin Söderberg
Steve Mitchell – USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays have split the first two games in their three game series. The Red Sox took game one with a 6-4 win with help from their power bats. Game two went to the Blue Jays in a 5-0 shutout on Saturday afternoon.

The new look Blue Jays haven’t lived up to the expectations put on them before the season began, while the Red Sox are exceeding expectations.

Sunday afternoon in Toronto, Ont. the Red Sox will send Jon Lester to the mound for his second game of the season. In his first appearance on opening day, Lester was victorious, pitching five innings, striking out seven and surrendering two earned runs. The 29-year-old will look to last longer than five innings and keep his pitching count down, giving the bullpen a couple of innings off.

The Blue Jays will see if R.A. Dickey can give them a Cy Young award winning pitching performance in the series finale. In his first outing, the 38-year-old was not as sharp as last season. He pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out four, getting the loss. Last season for the New York Mets, Dickey was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 230 strikeouts over 233.2 innings.

Dickey will likely have a new backstop to toss his knuckleball at during Sunday afternoon’s game. The Blue Jays are expected to start Henry Blanco at catcher after J.P. Arencibia allowed three passed balls during Dickey’s first two innings on opening day. It will be possible the Blue Jays decided to have Arencibia play DH after his recently success hitting home run balls.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. eastern at the Roger Centre in Toronto, Ont.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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