Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays 8/9/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, August 9, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Rick Porcello vs. Ryan Borucki
The Boston Red Sox visit Rogers Centre on Thursday, August 9, 2018 to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Rick Porcello for the Red Sox and Ryan Borucki for the Blue Jays.
The opening line for this matchup has Boston at -167 and Toronto at +157. The Red Sox have a 52-58-4 over/under record and a 67-47-0 run line mark. The Blue Jays are 51-61-0 against the run line and have a 58-48-6 over/under record.
Valuable Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 52-58-4 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 67-47-0 against the run line
Important Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 58-48-6 against the over/under
The Toronto Blue Jays are 51-61-0 against the run line
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
08/08/18 P Chris Sale Shoulder 10-day DL (07/28); expected to be activated and start Sunday vs Baltimore
08/08/18 3B Rafael Devers Leg 10-day DL (07/29); expected to be activated Wednesday vs Toronto Blue Jays
08/04/18 C Blake Swihart Hamstring 10-day DL (08/03)
08/03/18 2B Ian Kinsler Hamstring 10-day DL (08/04)
07/15/18 P Eduardo Rodriguez Ankle 10-day DL (07/15)
07/08/18 C Christian Vazquez Finger 10-day DL (07/08)
06/27/18 P Steven Wright Knee 10-day DL (06/23)
06/02/18 2B Dustin Pedroia Knee 60-day DL (05/30)
05/25/18 DH Hanley Ramirez None has been released
05/15/18 P Carson Smith Shoulder 60-day DL (05/15)
03/30/18 P Austin Maddox Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 SS Marco Hernandez Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
08/08/18 3B Brandon Drury Hand 10-day DL (08/05)
08/02/18 CF Lourdes Gurriel Ankle 10-day DL (07/31)
07/08/18 P Rhiner Cruz Groin 60-day DL (07/08)
06/23/18 P Aaron Sanchez Finger 10-day DL (06/23)
06/01/18 3B Josh Donaldson Calf 60-day DL (05/29)
04/01/18 RF Billy McKinney Shoulder 10-day DL (04/01)
03/26/18 SS Troy Tulowitzki Foot 60-day DL (03/29)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Red Sox have a 80-34 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Rick Porcello has a 14-4 record with an earned run average of 3.84 and a WHIP of 1.16 this season. He has 135 strikeouts over his 140.2 innings pitched and he's given up 130 hits. He's allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.65. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.38 and they have given up 320 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .225 against the bullpen and they've struck out 401 hitters and walked 148 batters. As a team, Boston allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.45. The Red Sox pitchers collectively have given up 896 base hits and 396 earned runs. They have allowed 113 home runs this season, ranking them 27th in the league. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 349 batters and struck out 1,098. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.21 and their FIP as a unit is 3.60.
As a team Boston is hitting .269, good for 1st in the league. The Red Sox hold a .459 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.4 hits per game. Andrew Benintendi is hitting .302 with an on-base percentage of .384. He has 125 hits this season in 414 at bats with 66 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .505 and an OPS+ of 136. J.D. Martinez is hitting .328 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .394. He has totaled 135 hits and he has driven in 97 men in 412 at bats. His OPS+ is 173 while his slugging percentage is at .650. The Red Sox have 1,068 hits, including 250 doubles and 154 home runs. Boston has walked 380 times so far this season and they have struck out 884 times as a unit. They have left 789 men on base and have a team OPS of .795. They score 5.35 runs per contest and have scored a total of 610 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Toronto has a 51-61 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.30, Ryan Borucki has a 1-2 record and a 1.26 WHIP. He has 30 strikeouts over the 43 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 43 hits. He's allowing 9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.52. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.60 and they have given up 421 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .262 against the Blue Jays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 421 batters and walked 150 opposing hitters. As a team, Toronto allows 9.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.7. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,019 base knocks and 522 earned runs this season. They have given up 145 home runs this year, which ranks 6th in Major League Baseball. Toronto as a staff has walked 372 hitters and struck out 938 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.40.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 19th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Kevin Pillar comes into this matchup batting .248 with an OBP of .277. He has 89 hits this year along with 40 RBI in 359 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .412 with an OPS+ of 87. Yangervis Solarte is hitting .236 this season and he has an OBP of .291. He has collected 100 hits in 424 at bats while driving in 53 runs. He has an OPS+ of 89 and a slugging percentage of .403. The Blue Jays as a unit have 931 base hits, including 220 doubles and 152 homers. Toronto has walked 364 times this year and they have struck out on 954 occasions. They have had 734 men left on base and have an OPS of .741. They have scored 4.52 runs per game and totaled 506 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Red Sox/Blue Jays MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Red Sox -167
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