Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox 7/20/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, July 20, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Francisco Liriano vs. Doug Fister
The Toronto Blue Jays visit Fenway Park on Thursday, July 20, 2017 to play the Boston Red Sox. The probable starters are Francisco Liriano for the Blue Jays and Doug Fister for the Red Sox.
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The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at +128 and Boston at -138. The Blue Jays have a 43-43-6 over/under record and a 39-53-0 run line mark. The Red Sox are 48-46-0 against the run line and have a 42-48-4 over/under record.
Valuable Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 43-43-6 against the over/under
The Toronto Blue Jays are 39-53-0 against the run line
Important Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 42-48-4 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 48-46-0 against the run line
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
07/05/17 C Luke Maile Knee 10-day DL (07/04)
07/01/17 2B Devon Travis Knee 60-day DL (06/06)
06/19/17 P Joe Smith Shoulder 10-day DL (06/19)
06/16/17 3B Chris Coghlan Wrist 10-day DL (06/16)
06/06/17 P J.P. Howell Shoulder 10-day DL (06/05)
05/24/17 LF Anthony Alford Wrist 10-day DL (05/24)
05/20/17 CF Darrell Ceciliani Shoulder 10-day DL (05/19)
04/09/17 P Bo Schultz Elbow 60-day DL (03/30)
04/03/17 CF Dalton Pompey Concussion 60-day DL (03/30)
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
07/18/17 P Brian Johnson Shoulder 10-day DL (06/15); expected to activated & start Tuesday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
07/15/17 P Joe Kelly Hamstring 10-day DL (07/12)
07/10/17 P Robbie Ross Jr. Elbow 10-day DL (07/10)
06/24/17 2B Josh Rutledge Concussion 7-day DL (06/24)
06/16/17 P Roenis Elias Oblique 60-day DL (04/01)
05/28/17 SS Marco Hernandez Shoulder 60-day DL (05/04)
05/28/17 P Carson Smith Elbow 60-day DL (04/01)
05/28/17 P Steven Wright Knee 60-day DL (04/30)
05/28/17 P Tyler Thornburg Shoulder 60-day DL (04/01)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Blue Jays have a 43-49 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano has a 5-5 record with an earned run average of 6.04 and a WHIP of 1.67. He has 64 strikeouts over his 70 innings pitched and he's given up 78 hits. He allows 10 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.92. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.20 and they have given up 291 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the bullpen and they've struck out 362 hitters and walked 127 batters. As a team, Toronto allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.51. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively have given up 820 base hits and 414 earned runs. They have allowed 118 home runs this season, ranking them 10th in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 320 batters and struck out 803. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.31.
As a team Toronto is hitting .242, good for 25th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 26th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Kevin Pillar is hitting .251 with an on-base percentage of .305. He has 89 hits this season in 354 at bats with 22 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .410 and an OPS+ of 87. Justin Smoak is hitting .292 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .363. He has totaled 91 hits and he has driven in 58 men in 312 at bats. His OPS+ is 142 while his slugging percentage is at .571. The Blue Jays have 752 hits, including 137 doubles and 123 home runs. Toronto has walked 303 times so far this season and they have struck out 725 times as a unit. They have left 608 men on base and have a team OPS of .723. They score 4.16 runs per contest and have scored a total of 383 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Boston has a 52-42 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 6.75, Doug Fister has a 0-3 record and a 1.79 WHIP. He has 15 strikeouts over the 17.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 20 hits. He allows 10.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.91. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.03 and they have given up 237 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .223 against the Red Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 297 batters and walked 97 opposing hitters. As a team, Boston allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.72. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 807 base knocks and 350 earned runs this season. They have given up 111 home runs this year, which ranks 19th in Major League Baseball. Boston as a staff has walked 247 hitters and struck out 891 batters. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 3.71.
As a team, they are batting .264, good for 5th in the league. The Red Sox hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 9.1 hits per contest. Mitch Moreland comes into this matchup batting .251 with an OBP of .342. He has 77 hits this year along with 42 RBI in 307 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .430 with an OPS+ of 102. Mookie Betts is hitting .274 this season and he has an OBP of .351. He has collected 103 hits in 376 at bats while driving in 56 runs. He has an OPS+ of 118 and a slugging percentage of .487. The Red Sox as a unit have 857 base hits, including 169 doubles and 94 homers. Boston has walked 338 times this year and they have struck out on 671 occasions. They have had 669 men left on base and have an OPS of .747. They have scored 4.71 runs per game and totaled 443 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Red Sox MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Jays +128
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