Toronto,ON- It's official; the Boston Red Sox are the hottest team in baseball right now. Winners of 8 of their last 9, and setting season high marks in runs scored, hits and homeruns in a game, Boston is starting to fire at all cylinders. Tonight, Boston faces Toronto in the second game of the series. Jake Peavy faces The lefty J.A. Happ. Happ has struggled of late, and with an ERA of almost 5, he will need to work the corners of the plate and keep Boston hitters off balance.
Quick, how many wins does Jake Peavy have this year? If you said one, you'd be correct. The 1-8 starter has a 4.59 ERA and has really had an unlucky season, getting almost no run support from his teammates. His 2.91 runs of support per game rank him last in the American League. While recording quality starts in 5 of his last 6 starts, he has yet to win any of them.
That information is not deterring the St. Louis Cardinals from trade rumors, as they are still very interested in aquiring Peavy by the trade deadline.
While many of the Red Sox have faced Happ, Dustin Pedroia has good career numbers off of the southpaw. His .400 average is tops of the team. Many of the Red Sox role players are beginning to hear up , as Stephen Drew is 7 for his last 17, Daniel Nava is hitting .359 his last 35 games and Jackie Bradley is hitting .321 since June 19. The odds are in the Red Sox favor tonight, but they have to hit with men on base in order to stand a chance.