Keys to the Game: Red Sox V Blue Jays, September 5, 2011

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After losing two straight series last week and relinquishing first place in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox hope a trip north of the boarder will get them back to their winning ways. It will help that their Ace, Josh Beckett (12-5, 2.54 ERA) will take the hill this Labor Day. While Beckett’s career ERA against Toronto is a monstrous 6.57, he only allowed run earlier this year against the Blue Jays and is seeking his fourth straight victory. Toronto will counter with Rookie Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.52 ERA), who earned his first Major League win by pitching eight shutout innings in his last start. Compare today’s starting pitchers over their last five starts.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

Both clubs boast powerful Dominican sluggers.  Toronto’s Jose Bautista is leading the Majors with 40 Home Runs, his second consecutive 40 Home Run season, and his incredible 8.0 WAR is the highest in the Majors.  Meanwhile, Boston’s DH, David Ortiz, has been on an absolute tear in his last 11 games, hitting .462 with four Home Runs.  Check out Bautista’s and Ortiz’s numbers since August 24th.

RBIs (Blue), Home Runs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

Will Bautista be able to pad his MVP caliber stats against Beckett or will Ortiz and the rest of the Red Sox’s big bats rock the rookie at the Rogers Centre?

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