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GDB 113.0: Davis Schneider rockets up batting order as Toronto Blue Jays seek sweep of Boston Red Sox

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Zach Laing
8 months ago
Last year, the Toronto Blue Jays delivered a death blow to the Boston Red Sox.
It came on July 22nd, when the Jays rolled into Fenway Park laying a 28-5 walloping on the Bo Sox, who had a 48-46 record at the time. The rest of the way, Boston would go 30-38 and finish dead last in the AL East.
The Jays sat 51-43 coming into that game and would climb the standings going a staggering 41-27 the rest of the way finishing second in the division.
This year? Well, it appears the Jays could be doing the exact same thing. Boston entered the series nipping on the Jays’ heels sitting three games back in the wild-card race with just Seattle ahead of them in the hunt.
Heading into Sunday with the Jays winning two straight, Boston now sits four games back with the New York Yankees jumping them in the race.
For the Jays, securing the series sweep on Sunday could be key to distancing themselves from the Red Sox in the standings. They’ll look to make it happen with Davis Schneider rocking up the lineup to hitting in the three-hole.
All Schneider’s done so far since he was called up for his rookie debut Friday is mash baseballs. In the series, he’s hitting 5-for-8 with a home run, four singles and a walk. He’s been electric so far for the Jays and will look to continue that today.

First pitch: 1:35 p.m EST —Sportsnet, Sportsnet 650.
Toronto Blue Jays: 62-50, 7.5 GB, – WCGB, +44 DIFF.
Boston Red Sox: 57-53, 11.5 GB, 4.0 WCGB, +38 DIFF.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR -105; BOS -111.
Series Bets:
Blue Jays to win the series +125
Series correct score 2-1 Toronto: +200
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Chris Bassitt RHP – 10-6, 23 GS, 132.2 IP. 4.00 ERA, 103 ERA+, 4.56 FIP, 1.236 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, 8.5 SO/9.
BOS: Brennan Bernardino RHP – 1-1, 6 GS, 36.1 IP. 2.72 ERA, 172 ERA+, 2.83 FIP, 1.128 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, 10.4 SO/9.
Lineups: 
Toronto 
  1. W Merrifield (R) LF
  2. B Belt (L) 1B
  3. D Schneider (R) 2B
  4. G Springer (R) DH
  5. M Chapman (R) 3B
  6. C Biggio (L) RF
  7. A Kirk (R) C
  8. K Kiermaier (L) CF
  9. P DeJong (R) SS
Boston
  1. J Duran (L) CF
  2. M Yoshida (L) LF
  3. J Turner (R) DH
  4. R Devers (L) 3B
  5. T Casas (L) 1B
  6. A Verdugo (L) RF
  7. L Urías (R) 2B
  8. R McGuire (L) C
  9. P Reyes (R) SS

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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