That Royals series was very frustrating. But for every sequence of games like that, there’s three others against teams like Toronto. Teams with no pitching that if you don’t tee off against, you should feel pretty distraught. And back to the Great White North we go!

TORONTO BLUE JAYS – 54-64, 5th place in the AL East (16 GB)

Only sixteen games back? Any non-leading team in the the NL East would kill for that. Sadly, the Blue Jays happen to be in the wrong league, and come into this series having lost four of their last five. Oh, and they just lost another player to injury. Not all is well with baseball in Canada, and with that lengthy disabled list, it won’t get better anytime soon.

The penultimate bro, brah.

The penultimate bro, brah.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

1 – Jose Reyes – SS - .310/.367/.477 (in 237 PA)

2 – Maicer Izturis – 2B - .234/.288/.313

3 – Jose Bautista – RF - .265/.361/.511

4 – Edwin Encarnacion – DH - .275/.368/.535

5 – Adam Lind – 1B - .276/.345/.466

6 – Colby Rasmus – CF - .273/.335/.478

7 – Brett Lawrie – 3B – .250/.309/.435 (in 257 PA)

  • After a solid 2012 season, Lawrie has fallen on bad times, thanks to injuries and some regression to the mean with his contact rate.
  • His hitting’s been slightly better this year, with an increased walk rate & ISO helping his wOBA increase.
  • Good defender at the hot corner. 26 total Defensive Runs Saved between ’12 and ’13.

8 – Rajai Davis – LF - .271/.321/.348 (in 225 PA)

  • Speedy fourth outfielder who’s racked up 20 or more steals in each of his major-league seasons. Isn’t all that great with a bat, however.
  • Davis’ 2012: .299 wOBA, 84 wRC+. Davis’ 2013: .299 wOBA, 84 wRC+. He’s nothing if not consistent, at least.
  • Defense has really dropped off since his 2009 season with the A’s. Maximizes his value through baserunning anyway.

9 – J.P. Arencibia – C – .208/.247/.388

Ryan DempsterSERIES PROBABLES

Ryan Dempster vs. Todd Redmond

At first glance, Redmond’s numbers look good. High strikeout rate, doesn’t walk anyone, and his only real problem is the occasional long ball. However, his peripherals are screaming regression. His FIP is 40 points higher than his already mediocre 4.22 ERA, his opposing batter BABIP is .259, and he strands roughly 80% of the baserunners he allows, ten percentage points above league average. With Dempster opposing him, expect dingers for days.

Jon Lester vs. Josh Johnson

In the battle of “Who’s The Most Broken?”, we have Lester and his meh-ish cutter versus Johnson and his batting-practice-speed fastball. Still, Johnson has some hope for improvement: a .356 opposing BABIP and a below-average 63% strand rate suggest he might have a good September. But a good August? Not against the Red Sox offense.

Jake Peavy vs. Mark Buehrle

This game might actually go for only like 2 hours. Peavy works fast, while Buehrle has the pace of a cheetah. With Peavy, this might be the only low-scoring affair in this series, at least on the Blue Jays’ side. With Buehrle…this is gonna be fun to see. At least for the Red Sox.

INJURY REPORT

  • Boston
  • Toronto
    • Melky Cabrera: 15-day DL (August 2nd, strained left knee)
    • Steve Delabar: 15-day DL (August 3rd, right shoulder inflammation)
    • J.A. Happ: On bereavement list (August 12th, personal)

IN CONCLUSION

This should be a offense-filled series to watch, and relatively drama-free too, as long as no one gets easily exploitable photos taken of them or anyth-


DAMMIT, SALTY.

Categories: 2013 Boston Red Sox Adam Lind Boston Red Sox Brandon Snyder Brett Lawrie Colby Rasmus Edwin Encarnacion J.A. Happ J.P. Arencibia Jose Bautista Jose Reyes Josh Johnson Maicer Izturis Mark Buehrle Melky Cabrera Rajai Davis Steve Delabar Toronto Blue Jays

Brett Cowett is a young, die-hard Red Sox fan. An undergrad at Arizona State University, Brett is studying digital journalism with a minor in Dustin Pedroia studies. Apart from laughing at Nick Swisher's escapades in the field, Brett enjoys the occasional sci-fi flick, playing Halo, and being snarky. Follow him at @BACowett for more baseball, random musings, and random baseball musings.

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