The Toronto Blue Jays seem to be struggling because their starting pitching staff has been plagued with injuries, perhaps the only bright light shining for the team is that ace left-hander Ricky Romero is the last man pitching. The Blue Jays could use a big effort from Romero when they face the Boston Red Sox in the rubber game Wednesday at Fenway Park. Toronto got a great performance from Aaron Laffey on Tuesday night, only to see the bullpen collapse and drop the Blue Jays into the cellar of the American League East. Itâ€™s not just the Blue Jays who were plagued with injuris, the Boston Red Sox, which managed to move one game ahead of Toronto and trail the New York Yankees by 6 Â˝ games, now is trying to survive its own spate of injuries. Winners of 10 of 13, the Red Sox can move a season-high five games above .500 with a victory in the series finale. Lefty Jon Lester will match with Romero for the second time this season. Romero limited the Red Sox to one run on three hits in a season-high 8 1/3 innings on April 11. Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox When: 1:35 PM ET, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Where: Fenway Park, Boston Massachusetts The Boston opened as the -145 favorites in several online sports betting sites. Check out the biggest sports betting site for the latest updates on odds and lines at Sportsbook.com Pitching Match Up: Blue Jays LH Ricky Romero (8-1, 4.34 ERA) VS Red Sox LH Jon Lester (4-5, 4.48 ERA)
Romero hasn’t pitched that would mirror his records, even though he’s unbeaten (3-0) in his last starts. He has allowed at least four runs in six consecutive starts and continues to be plagued by the long ball, surrendering seven home runs in his last five starts. During his unbeaten stretch, the Blue Jays have piled up 65 runs – an average of just over nine per game. Romero is 5-6 with a 6.45 ERA in 14 starts vs. Boston. On the other pitching hand, Lester’s records mirrored his performance well. He’s only one win in his last six starts and has allowed fewer than three runs just three times in 15 outings. He continues to struggle at home, winning just once in his last five outings, and is 1-3 in eight starts at Fenway Park. He has 34 strikeouts against only five walks in his last five starts but hasn’t gone past seven innings. Lester is 10-5 with a 3.08 ERA against Toronto.