It looked like the Toronto Blue Jays would vault back into the American League East race after getting all their injured players back in the lineup. Instead, their vaunted pitching staff has taken a tumble, and the Jays (42-48, –14.20 betting units) are fighting to stay out of the basement. They’ll visit the first-place Boston Red Sox Tuesday night at 7:10 PM ET on Sportsnet and NESN.
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JA Happ (4.42 FIP) is one of those unlucky pitchers for the Blue Jays. They’re just 4-7 in his 11 starts for a loss of 4.48 units; Happ has played well since missing six weeks this spring with inflammation in his throwing elbow, but Toronto has spoiled that good work by dropping three of his last four appearances, despite Happ allowing only five earned runs in 23 innings.
The Red Sox were expected to send Doug Fister (5.91 FIP) to the mound Tuesday, but Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports that Fister will not make that start, after his services were required during Saturday’s bizarre 16-inning loss to the New York Yankees. Fister pitched 2.2 innings of relief and took the loss after giving up three runs in the final frame.
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