Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 7/22/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Toronto Blue Jays (0-0) at Boston Red Sox (0-0)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Fenway Park)
Trent Thornton (0-0) (0.00) vs. Zack Godley (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -132 / Toronto Blue Jays +110 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox meet Wednesday in MLB action from Fenway Park.
This will be the second of a two-game exhibition stint at Fenway between these teams. In Tuesday’s matchup, the Red Sox scored four runs in the first inning and the Blue Jays responded with two more in the third. Boston led 6-2 going into the sixth inning but Toronto scored six unanswered runs on the way to an 8-6 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
In the Tuesday victory, Toronto’s big hitter was Derek Fisher, who recorded two home runs and three RBI. Rowdy Telez also popped a two-run homer on a 2-for-4 evening. Teoscar Hernandez had a big hand in helping the Jays out-hit the Sox 10-8 by his 3-for-4 , one-run effort. Nate Pearson was the starter, going 3.2 innings for the Blue Jays with five hits, four earned, two walks and five strikeouts. Rafael Dolis got the save with a one-hit ninth.
For Wednesday’s outing, the Blue Jays will be starting right-hander Trent Thornton. We got our first glimpse at the 26-year-old Thornton in MLB action last season. In 2019, he posted a 6-9 record, a 4.84 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 32 appearances and 29 starts. Thornton’s tendencies are for a lot of low-and-away locations with right-handed hitters, so it will be interesting to see how he mixes things up here.
Over on the Red Sox’ side, on Tuesday in the exhibition matchup, a 6-2 lead turned into dust in the final innings. There were some great hitting performances here, however. Mitch Moreland slapped a three-run homer in the first inning, and JD Martinez followed suit in the fifth inning with a two-run shot.
In the Wednesday game, Boston will be rolling with Zack Godley in the starting role. In 2019, Godley posted a 4-5 record with a 5.97 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 92.0 innings. Over his career, Godley holds a 4.68 ERA and a 37-30 record with 514 Ks in 536.2 innings pitched.
Pick: I like the Blue Jays in this one. Toronto had a great offensive outing in the later innings Tuesday, and Godley probably won’t be much of an issue if they’re on. The Sox hitters really didn’t reach their full potential in my opinion however, and I think their fortunes will turn in the Wednesday game. That said, Thornton should be able to keep things relatively calm in the early innings. It could get wild here, so taking the over might be a nice play as well. Both teams have a good depth of power hitters against pedestrian pitching, and that should come into play here.