Red Sox take 5-game losing streak into matchup with Blue Jays
Toronto; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.60 ERA) Blue Jays: Clay Buchholz (1-4, 5.32 ERA)
LINE: Red Sox -137; over/under is 10 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Boston enters the matchup as losers of their last five games.
The Blue Jays are 23-37 against teams from the AL East. The Toronto offense has compiled a .235 batting average as a team this season, last in the majors. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the team with an average of .274.
The Red Sox are 32-36 against the rest of their division. Boston has slugged .473, good for fourth in the American League. J.D. Martinez leads the team with a .569 slugging percentage, including 69 extra-base hits and 35 home runs. The Blue Jays won the last meeting 8-0. Trent Thornton recorded his fifth victory and Teoscar Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for Toronto. Trevor Kelley took his first loss for Boston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jays: 3-7, .201 batting average, 4.18 ERA, outscored by 13 runs
Red Sox: 2-8, .201 batting average, 4.86 ERA, outscored by 18 runs