Atlanta Braves vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, 9/1/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Braves vs Boston Red Sox
Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Location: Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Braves (-150) Red Sox (+139)
Fenway Park is the venue where Jackie Bradley Jr and the Boston Red Sox (12-22, 5th in AL East) will play the Atlanta Braves (19-14, 1st in NL East) on Tuesday. The Braves open this matchup at -150 while the Red Sox are priced at +139. The over/under opens at 9.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Ian Anderson and Kyle Hart.
Key Atlanta Braves Injuries
8/30/2020 Ronald Acuna RF Hamstring Probable for Aug 31
8/28/2020 Ozzie Albies 2B Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/28/2020 Cole Hamels SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/27/2020 Mike Soroka SP Achilles Out for the season
7/21/2020 Jacob Webb RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
7/21/2020 Phil Pfeifer RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
6/26/2020 Jeremy Walker RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
8/31/2020 Martin Perez SP Finger Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
8/30/2020 J.D DH Hand Probable for Aug 31
8/29/2020 Nathan Eovaldi SP Calf Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
8/28/2020 Andrew Benintendi LF Ribs Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
8/1/2020 Eduardo Rodriguez SP Illness Out for the season
7/7/2020 Dustin Pedroia 2B Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
6/28/2020 Chris Sale SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Braves have a 19-14 overall record this season. Anderson has taken the hill for 6 innings and has earned 6 K's. His ERA is 1.50 (1 earned run allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 0.500. He has allowed 1 base hit (1.5 hits per nine innings) and has 2 free passes. Anderson (1-0 win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 4.87 while going up against 22 batters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.24 and they have given up 125 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .205 against the bullpen and they've struck out 147 hitters and walked 51 batters. As a team, Atlanta allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.36. The Braves pitchers collectively have given up 254 base hits and 137 earned runs. They have allowed 41 home runs this season, ranking them 22nd in the league. Atlanta as a pitching staff has walked 119 batters and struck out 267. They have walked 3.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.62.
As a team Atlanta is hitting .258, good for 8th in the league. The Braves hold a .453 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Nick Markakis is hitting .340 with an on-base percentage of .397. He has 18 hits this season in 53 at bats with 9 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .566 and an OPS+ of 152. Marcell Ozuna is hitting .286 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .381. He has totaled 34 hits and he has driven in 23 men in 119 at bats. His OPS+ is 141 while his slugging percentage is at .538. The Braves have 287 hits, including 73 doubles and 47 home runs. Atlanta has walked 109 times so far this season and they have struck out 322 times as a unit. They have left 219 men on base and have a team OPS of .780. They score 5.12 runs per contest and have scored a total of 169 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Boston has a 12-22 overall mark this year. Hart has allowed 17 hits and he has 12 strikeouts in 9 innings. He has conceded a total of 13 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 3.000 and having a FIP of 6.8. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.20 and he has faced 54 batters. Hart (0-1 record) has earned a 13.00 ERA while allowing 17.0 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.39 and they have given up 176 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .241 against the Red Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 175 batters and walked 73 opposing hitters. As a team, Boston allows 10.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 6.04. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 342 base knocks and 199 earned runs this season. They have given up 57 home runs this year, which ranks 2nd in Major League Baseball. Boston as a staff has walked 142 hitters and struck out 287 batters. They give up a walk 4.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.63 while their FIP as a staff is 5.31.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 9th in the league. The Red Sox hold a .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 8.9 hits per contest. Jackie Bradley Jr comes into this matchup batting .242 with an OBP of .303. He has 24 hits this year along with 11 RBI in 99 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .343 with an OPS+ of 73. Rafael Devers is hitting .240 this season and he has an OBP of .290. He has collected 31 hits in 129 at bats while driving in 19 runs. He has an OPS+ of 95 and a slugging percentage of .457. The Red Sox as a unit have 302 base hits, including 69 doubles and 43 homers. Boston has walked 98 times this year and they have struck out on 302 occasions. They have had 226 men left on base and have an OPS of .757. They have scored 4.68 runs per game and totaled 159 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Braves/Red Sox MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Red Sox (+139)
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