Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles Prediction, 8/20/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Location: Oriole Park in Baltimore, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Red Sox (-130) Orioles (+120)
Christian Vazquez and the Boston Red Sox (6-18, 5th in AL East) go to Oriole Park on Thursday where they'll meet the Baltimore Orioles (12-11, 3rd in AL East). The Red Sox open this contest at -130 while the Orioles are coming in at +120. The over/under is set at 9.5. The starting pitchers will be Nathan Eovaldi and Asher Wojciechowski.
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
8/19/2020 J.D DH Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/16/2020 Darwinzon Hernandez RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/13/2020 Andrew Benintendi LF Ribs Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
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
Key Baltimore Orioles Injuries
8/18/2020 Jose Iglesias SS Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 26
8/15/2020 Austin Hays CF Ribs Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/9/2020 Kohl Stewart SP Opt Out Out for the season
8/8/2020 Hunter Harvey RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 29
7/14/2020 Richie Martin SS Wrist Out for the season
6/28/2020 Trey Mancini RF Abdomen Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Red Sox have a 6-18 overall record this season. Eovaldi (47-56 record in his career) holds a FIP of 4.07 while he has faced 4,050 opposing hitters in the majors. His ERA is 4.34 (456 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.367. He has conceded 993 base hits (9.5 hits per nine innings) and has 299 free passes. Eovaldi has pitched in 945 frames and has racked up 737 K's so far in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.89 and they have given up 130 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the bullpen and they've struck out 125 hitters and walked 52 batters. As a team, Boston allows 10.6 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 6.36. The Red Sox pitchers collectively have given up 244 base hits and 147 earned runs. They have allowed 42 home runs this season, ranking them 2nd in the league. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 100 batters and struck out 201. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.65 and their FIP as a unit is 5.48.
As a team Boston is hitting .252, good for 10th in the league. The Red Sox hold a .416 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Christian Vazquez is hitting .247 with an on-base percentage of .267. He has 18 hits this season in 73 at bats with 12 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .452 and an OPS+ of 89. Alex Verdugo is hitting .282 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .341. He has totaled 22 hits and he has driven in 9 men in 78 at bats. His OPS+ is 129 while his slugging percentage is at .526. The Red Sox have 208 hits, including 47 doubles and 27 home runs. Boston has walked 65 times so far this season and they have struck out 224 times as a unit. They have left 159 men on base and have a team OPS of .730. They score 4.33 runs per contest and have scored a total of 104 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
During his career, Wojciechowski has surrendered 190 hits while totaling 177 strikeouts in 179 frames. He has given up a total of 112 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.395 and having a FIP of 5.2. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.95 and he has gone up against 797 batters so far in his career. Wojciechowski (9-14 record in his career) holds a 5.63 ERA while allowing 9.5 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.21 and they have given up 88 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .200 against the Orioles bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 112 batters and walked 44 opposing hitters. As a team, Baltimore allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.76. The Orioles pitchers as a team have surrendered 190 base knocks and 108 earned runs this season. They have given up 29 home runs this year, which ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. Baltimore as a staff has walked 71 hitters and struck out 191 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 4.40.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 5th in the league. The Orioles hold a .462 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.0 hits per contest. Chance Sisco comes into this matchup batting .303 with an OBP of .465. He has 10 hits this year along with 6 RBI in 33 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .636 with an OPS+ of 201. Hanser Alberto is hitting .316 this season and he has an OBP of .340. He has collected 31 hits in 98 at bats while driving in 13 runs. He has an OPS+ of 126 and a slugging percentage of .490. The Orioles as a unit have 207 base hits, including 50 doubles and 35 homers. Baltimore has walked 70 times this year and they have struck out on 187 occasions. They have had 149 men left on base and have an OPS of .788. They have scored 5.26 runs per game and totaled 121 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Red Sox/Orioles MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Red Sox (-130)
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