Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, 8/8/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Sunday, August 8, 2021
Location: Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+165) Toronto (-217)
Garrett Richards and the Boston Red Sox (64-47, 2nd in AL East) head to Rogers Centre on Sunday where they'll take on the Toronto Blue Jays (58-49, 4th in AL East). The Red Sox open this matchup at +165 while the Blue Jays are priced at -217. The O/U opens at 9.5. The men taking the mound are Garrett Richards and Hyun Jin Ryu.
Boston has a slugging percentage of .437 and have been called out on strikes 965 times, while being walked on 323 occasions. They have tallied 508 RBI's and 962 base knocks so far this season, and their batting average comes in at .256. The Red Sox have recorded 231 doubles as a squad and have hit 140 baseballs out of the park. They have accumulated 541 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .320. As a unit, the Boston Red Sox are compiling 4.9 runs per outing, which has them sitting at 7th in the league.
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Red Sox pitchers have relinquished 117 home runs in addition to 507 runs in total (16th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 373 opposing players and their FIP sits at 3.92 as a squad for the year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.77 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.39. The Red Sox hold a team ERA of 4.28 on the campaign (15th in baseball), and their staff has rung up 1,034 batters.
The Red Sox have dispatched 368 relief pitchers to the mound on the year. The relief pitchers have inherited 169 runners on the season and 30.2% of those players crossed home plate. They have compiled 35 saves on the season and have blown 15 of their 50 save chances. The Red Sox relief pitchers have recorded a save rate of 70.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 120 save situations. The relievers have recorded 66 holds over the course of the season (5th in the league). Red Sox bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with players on base 108 times as well as having 119 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Red Sox have turned 65.6% of balls in play into outs out of 8,751 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 30th in pro baseball. The Boston Red Sox are sitting with 2,917 putouts so far this season, in addition to 994 assists and 72 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .982 which is 27th in pro baseball, and they have turned 780 double plays.
Richards has pitched in 910 innings and has tallied 787 strikeouts thus far in his career. Richards (53-48 career mark) sits with a FIP of 3.85 while facing 3,859 opposing hitters in the major leagues. His ERA is 3.81 (385 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.302. He has allowed 847 base hits (8.4 hits per nine innings) with 338 walks.
The Blue Jays hold a slugging percentage of .461 and they are scoring 5.23 runs per contest (2nd in MLB). They have hit 192 two-baggers, while walking 318 times and scoring 560 runs. Toronto has knocked in 165 long balls this season to go along with 537 RBIs. They have struck out on 846 occasions (29th in baseball) and have notched a total of 966 hits. The Toronto Blue Jays have a team OBP of .329 in addition to a batting average of .266 this season.
The Blue Jays are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.249 and have a FIP of 4.23 as a pitching staff on the year. They rank 9th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 832. The Toronto pitching staff have surrendered 438 runs so far this season while having an ERA of 3.88 (400 earned runs allowed). Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.99 (976 strikeouts vs 326 free passes). They have surrendered 141 dingers and they yield 4.25 runs per 9 innings (12th in the league).
With 79 save situations, the Blue Jays have tallied 45 holds and also 12 blown saves. Toronto has called on relievers to take the mound in 31 save chances and they have come away with 19 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 98 times in high leverage situations and also on 119 occasions with runners on base. Toronto bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 24.7% out of 170 inherited runners. They rank 13th in the league with a save percentage of 61.3%, and they have sent 364 relief pitchers to the hill for the season.
In 8,349 innings on the diamond, the Blue Jays have a defensive efficiency of 69.9% (10th in baseball). The Toronto Blue Jays have turned 77 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .983 (23rd in MLB). The Blue Jays have recorded 929 assists, 65 errors and have amassed 2,783 putouts so far this season.
Ryu (70-40 career record) has a 2.99 ERA while giving up 8.4 hits per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is 4.07 and he has gone up against 3,800 hitters during his career. He has allowed 309 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.159 and having a FIP of 3.3. Thus far in his career, Ryu has surrendered 872 hits while he has accumulated 839 K's in 930 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Boston (+165)
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