Feb. 08, 2018
Brian Johnson set to start for the Red Sox against the Blue Jays
Tonight the Red Sox (8-5) will square off against the struggling and injury riddled Toronto Blue Jays (2-10). The pitching match up is of some interest as Marcus Stroman looks to continue his strong start to the season for the Jays and recently recalled Brian Johnson is set for his second career start in place of Eduardo Rodriguez for the Sox.
As it sits right now the Blue Jays look as though they will be without slugger Josh Donaldson for a few weeks leaving an already weak lineup even weaker going forward. The Sox who are historically strong against Stroman will look to try and give their young inexperienced starter some early run support to alleviate the pressure of his second Major League start.
For those unfamiliar with Brian Johnson, he is a crafty lefty with a fastball in the low 90's and works with a great 12-6 curveball, decent cutter and changeup. It is a bit on the unfortunate side that he will be getting some of his first taste of the majors this year against the Jays who historically demolish left handed pitching.
It is definitely worth noting that the Jays are in a tireless slump right now with seemingly nobody having any success this season, except for starting pitcher Marcus Stroman. With Stroman on the mound the Jays could have some much needed confidence and get him the run support he needs against a weaker Red Sox pitcher.
This game should shape up to be one of some fairly decent scoring and look for the Red Sox Mitch Moreland and the Jays Troy Tulowitzki to have big games for their selective clubs.