Ricky Romero will look to rebound from a shaky Opening Day start against the Cleveland Indians when the Toronto Blue Jays take on Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox Wednesday afternoon.
After blowing a ninth inning lead against the Red Sox in Monday’s home opener the Blue Jays rode a strong pithcing performance from Kyle Drabek on Tuesday and snapped out of an early-season offensive funk, scoring seven runs on 11 hits. Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to five games and picked up his team-leading sixth RBI, while MVP finalist Jose Bautista continued to swing a cold bat.
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The Jays will be in tough Wednesday against Lester, who looked sharp in a toe-to-toe no-decision against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day.
The Red Sox ace has also been a formidable opponent in his career against the Blue Jays. Since 2009, he’s 9-2 with a 2.71 ERA in 13 starts against the Blue Jays, going 5-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his last six in Toronto.
Romero on the other hand was 2-6 with an 8.08 ERA in his first 11 starts against the Red Sox before beating them twice during Boston’s collapse in September.
Despite his late-season success against Boston, four Red Sox regulars have posted averages of .345 or better in at least 20 at-bats against Romero. David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis have combined to go 37 for 97 (.381) with six homers, 13 doubles and 11 walks.
The Red Sox, who open their home slate Friday against Tampa Bay, have won the two previous matchups between Romero and Lester by a combined 22-5.
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