Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, 8/7/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021
Location: Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+140) Toronto (-182)
Rogers Centre is the venue where Robbie Ray and the Toronto Blue Jays (57-49, 4th in AL East) will play the Boston Red Sox (64-46, 2nd in AL East) on Saturday. The line on this game has the Red Sox priced at +140 and the Blue Jays are at -182. The O/U is set at 8. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Nick Pivetta and Robbie Ray.
Boston is slugging .438 and have struck out 955 times, while being walked on 317 occasions. They have accumulated 504 RBI's and 954 hits for the year, while their average at the plate is sitting at .257. The Red Sox have compiled 230 doubles as a team and have knocked 139 baseballs out of the stadium. They have 537 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .320. As a team, the Boston Red Sox are earning 4.9 runs per outing, which has them at 8th in the league.
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The Red Sox hold a team earned run average of 4.20 so far this year (14th in MLB), and their staff has rung up 1,028 batters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.77 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.38. Red Sox pitchers have given up 116 home runs in addition to 495 total runs (16th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 371 opposing players and their FIP sits at 3.91 as a team so far this year.
The Red Sox relief pitchers have earned a save percentage of 70.0% and has come into the game in 120 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 169 base runners on the campaign with 30.2% of those runners ended up scoring. Red Sox pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 108 times and also have had 119 appearances in high leverage situations. The Red Sox have sent 364 relief pitchers to the mound on the season. The relief pitchers are sitting with 66 holds so far this year (5th in baseball). They have accumulated 35 saves on the year and have blown 15 of 50 save opportunities.
The Boston Red Sox have a tally of 2,893 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 989 assists and 72 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .982 which has them ranked 26th in pro baseball, and they have turned 773 double plays. The Red Sox have turned 65.8% of balls in play into outs out of their 8,679 innings on the diamond, ranking them 30th in the majors.
Pivetta has taken the ball for 518 innings and has earned 560 K's so far in his pro baseball career. Pivetta (29-35 career mark) is the owner of a FIP of 4.54 and he has faced 2,249 hitters in the majors. His ERA is 5.22 (301 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.406. He has surrendered 527 base knocks (9.1 hits per 9 innings) and has 202 free passes.
The Blue Jays have a team slugging percentage of .458 and they are earning 5.17 runs per contest (3rd in the league). They have notched 184 doubles, while getting a free base 316 times as well as scoring 548 runs. Toronto has compiled 164 home runs so far this year as well as 525 RBIs. They have been rung up on 840 instances (29th in the league) and have notched a total of 949 base knocks. The Toronto Blue Jays are sitting with a team on-base percentage of .327 in addition to a batting average of .265 this season.
The Toronto pitching staff have given up 434 runs on the season while having a team ERA of 3.88 (396 earned runs conceded). They have given up 140 homers and they give up 4.25 runs per 9 innings (12th in the league). The Blue Jays are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.246 in addition to having a FIP of 4.22 as a squad so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 3.02 (966 strikeouts against 320 bases on balls). They come in at 10th in baseball as a staff in total hits given up with 824.
Toronto relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 24.9% of 169 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 98 times in high leverage situations and on 118 occasions with runners on. Sitting with 79 save situations, the Blue Jays have amassed 45 holds in addition to 12 blown saves. They rank 13th in baseball with a save percentage of 61.3%, and they have sent 360 relief pitchers to the hill this year. Toronto has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 31 save chances and they have come away with 19 saves.
In their 8,268 innings on the field, the Blue Jays hold a defensive efficiency of 69.9% (11th in professional baseball). The Toronto Blue Jays have twisted 76 double plays and have a fielding rate of .983 (24th in baseball). The Blue Jays have recorded 921 assists, 65 errors and have amassed 2,756 putouts during this campaign.
Ray (58-56 record in his career) is the owner of a 4.11 ERA while conceding 8.1 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.76 and he has faced 4,151 opposing batters in his pro baseball career. He has conceded 441 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.346 and having a FIP of 4.1. So far in his career, Ray has given up 867 base hits and he has 1,196 punch outs in 966 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (-182)
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