Major League Baseball
Preview
Toronto at Boston
When: 6:10 PM ET, Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

The Boston Red Sox’s rebuilt starting rotation owns the worst ERA in the majors and isn’t showing many signs of improvement. Nominal ace Clay Buchholz will try to turn things around when the Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays in the second of a three-game series on Tuesday.

Boston brought in Rick Porcello, Justin Masterson and Wade Miley in the offseason and gave Joe Kelly his first shot at a full season in a rotation while pushing Buchholz to the front. The Blue Jays knocked Kelly around for five runs in six innings during Monday’s series opener, pushing the Red Sox’s rotation ERA to a robust 5.84. The thing that is keeping the Red Sox above .500 is the offense, and the bats bailed Kelly out when Mookie Betts delivered a walk-off single in Monday’s 6-5 triumph. That setback marked the fourth in a row for Toronto, which is winless through the first four of its 10-game road trip.

TV: 6:10 p.m. ET, RSN (Toronto), NESN (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Drew Hutchison (2-0, 5.48 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Clay Buchholz (1-2, 4.84)

Hutchison bounced back from a pair of rough outings by holding the Baltimore Orioles to two runs on four hits in a season-high eight innings on Thursday. The 24-year-old did not issue a walk in that outing after surrendering six in 15 frames over his first three turns. Hutchison is 2-1 with a 4.64 ERA in four career starts against Boston.

Buchholz took a step forward last time out and threw all of his pitches for strikes en route to 10 strikeouts in six innings at Tampa Bay. The Texas native allowed one run and two hits but did not factor in the decision and is winless in his last three turns. Buchholz faced Toronto six times in 2014 and went 2-3 with a 5.54 ERA and 17 walks in 37 1/3 total innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval homered in each of the last two games but left Monday with neck soreness and is day-to-day.

2. Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion is 1-for-20 over the last six games.

3. Toronto OF Michael Saunders (knee) is hitless in three games since returning to the lineup.

PREDICTION: Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Toronto 9-11 L4 5-5 4-6 8-9 0-0 0-0 1-2
Boston 11-9 W1 5-3 6-6 7-7 0-0 0-0 4-2
Last Meeting
Toronto Boston
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
4/27/15 TOR 5 BOS 6 .188 1 .622 .303 1 .806
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Toronto K. Pillar .500 2 1.250
Boston M. Betts .750 3 1.800
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Toronto D. Travis 1 2 2
Boston P. Sandoval 1 1 3
Pitching ERA Avg K
Toronto 5.40 .188 9
Boston 5.00 .303 14
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Toronto D. Travis .368 25 1.140
Boston P. Sandoval .294 20 .804
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Toronto D. Travis 6 15 18
Boston H. Ramirez 8 14 18
Pitching ERA Avg K
Toronto 4.83 .245 149
Boston 5.00 .238 170