Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, 9/6/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox
Date: Sunday, September 6, 2020
Location: Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jays (-145) Red Sox (+125)
Rafael Devers and the Boston Red Sox (13-27, 5th in AL East) host the Toronto Blue Jays (21-17, 3rd in AL East) at Fenway Park on Sunday. The line on this contest has the Blue Jays priced at -145 and the Red Sox are at +125. The total has been set at 10.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Julian Merryweather and Tanner Houck.
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
9/5/2020 Yennsy Diaz RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/31/2020 Elvis Luciano RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Sep 11
8/31/2020 Jordan Romano RP Finger Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
8/30/2020 Matt Shoemaker SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
8/28/2020 Bo Bichette SS Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 11
8/27/2020 Trent Thornton SP Elbow Out for the season
8/25/2020 Nate Pearson SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/24/2020 Ken Giles RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
9/4/2020 Nathan Eovaldi SP Calf Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
9/2/2020 Darwinzon Hernandez RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/2/2020 Andrew Benintendi LF Ribs Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
9/1/2020 Dustin Pedroia 2B Knee Out for the season
8/1/2020 Eduardo Rodriguez SP Illness Out for the season
6/28/2020 Chris Sale SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Blue Jays have a 21-17 overall record this season. Merryweather (0-0 win-loss mark) sits with a FIP of 1.08 while facing 33 opposing batters in the majors. His ERA is 3.38 (3 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.125. He has given up 6 hits (6.8 hits per 9 innings) with 3 free passes. Merryweather has pitched in 8 frames and has tallied 13 K's. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.02 and they have given up 131 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .188 against the bullpen and they've struck out 180 hitters and walked 81 batters. As a team, Toronto allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.64. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively have given up 295 base hits and 136 earned runs. They have allowed 39 home runs this season, ranking them 27th in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 147 batters and struck out 346. They have walked 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 3.96.
As a team Toronto is hitting .248, good for 14th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Randal Grichuk is hitting .277 with an on-base percentage of .320. He has 38 hits this season in 137 at bats with 26 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .533 and an OPS+ of 126. Cavan Biggio is hitting .253 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .366. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 19 men in 146 at bats. His OPS+ is 118 while his slugging percentage is at .438. The Blue Jays have 318 hits, including 61 doubles and 60 home runs. Toronto has walked 128 times so far this season and they have struck out 317 times as a unit. They have left 244 men on base and have a team OPS of .755. They score 4.68 runs per contest and have scored a total of 178 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Boston has a 13-27 overall mark this year. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.74 and they have given up 203 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the Red Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 200 batters and walked 82 opposing hitters. As a team, Boston allows 10.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 6.06. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 402 base knocks and 234 earned runs this season. They have given up 70 home runs this year, which ranks 1st in Major League Baseball. Boston as a staff has walked 163 hitters and struck out 339 batters. They give up a walk 4.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.63 while their FIP as a staff is 5.38.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 10th in the league. The Red Sox hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 8.8 hits per contest. Rafael Devers comes into this matchup batting .247 with an OBP of .307. He has 37 hits this year along with 22 RBI in 150 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .440 with an OPS+ of 98. Alex Verdugo is hitting .310 this season and he has an OBP of .368. He has collected 44 hits in 142 at bats while driving in 13 runs. He has an OPS+ of 132 and a slugging percentage of .507. The Red Sox as a unit have 352 base hits, including 85 doubles and 46 homers. Boston has walked 116 times this year and they have struck out on 362 occasions. They have had 267 men left on base and have an OPS of .748. They have scored 4.55 runs per game and totaled 182 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Red Sox MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Red Sox (+125)
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