The Sox need a win if they are to keep their hold on first and stay ahead of the Yankees (not as important right now as if it were Sept. 29, but good for the soul nonetheless), but let’s just say the matchip tonight doesn’t make us optimistic about snapping the five-game losing streak, off day or no off day.
Roy Halladay takes the mound for Toronto. He’s no slouch, having gone fewer than eight innings just once this season — though he wasn’t that impressive against Boston and got slapped around by the Rays his last time out. Unfortunately, taking the mound for Boston is Jon Lester, who hasn’t even made seven full innings yet this season (Halladay’s done it every time) and thrown just one quality start. His walks have skyrocketed, his strikeouts have plummeted — and he’s allowing more hits, as well.
Maybe he puts it together in this start. The Blue Jays have certainly made things easier for him and all other AL East pitchers by releasing Frank Thomas. Still, color us pessimistic. Jon Lester v. Roy Halladay? That doesnt give one much hope.