Philadelphia Phillies (8-9) at Boston Red Sox (6-16)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Fenway Park)
Zach Eflin (0-1) (3.60) vs. Zack Godley (0-2) (8.16)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -104 / Philadelphia Phillies -106 --- Over/Under: 10.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox meet Tuesday in MLB action from Fenway Park.
The Phillies are coming out of a weekend series versus the Mets. Philadelphia managed a sweep in that one, winning 6-5 Friday, 6-2 Saturday and 6-2 Sunday. As for the Red Sox, they played their AL East rival the Yankees this weekend. Boston lost 10-3 Friday, 11-5 Saturday and 4-2 Sunday. In the Monday finale, the Red Sox dropped another one 6-3 and were swept. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Phillies are picking up steam coming out of a good weekend series. Offensively, the team has a few standouts like Didi Gregorius, who holds a .295 BA with eight runs, 18 hits and 12 RBI. Bryce Harper is also playing very well with a .364 BA, 17 runs, four homers and 12 RBI, and JD Realmuto has mashed eight homers with 20 RBI, 13 runs and a .300 batting average.
For the Tuesday starting pitcher role, the Phillies will go with Zach Eflin. In 2020 so far, Eflin has an 0-1 record in two starts with a 3.60 ERA, 15 strikeouts and 10.0 innings pitched. Across his MLB career, Eflin has managed a 25-32 record, a 4.70 ERA, 333 strikeouts and 429.0 innings.
Over on the Red Sox’ side, they had another fairly tepid offensive outing on Monday, but did out-hit the Yankees 8-5. Jose Peraza managed a triple and a run, while starter Martin Perez put up 3.0 innings, three earned, three walks and two hits.
For the Tuesday start, Boston will send out Zack Godley. In four games (three starts) this season Godley is 0-2 with an 8.16 ERA and 14 Ks in 14.1 innings. On his career, Godley is 37-32 with a 4.77 ERA and 528 strikeouts in 551.0 innings.
The Phillies are 13-5 in their last 18 Tuesday games and 8-3 in their last 11 interleague road games. Philadelphia is 1-4 in their last five versus the American League East and 1-7 in their last eight road games.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 52-20 in their last 72 versus the National League East and 7-19 in their last 26 overall. Boston is 7-20 in their last 27 home games and 6-22 in their last 28 games as an underdog.
Pick: I’m leaning Phillies here. Boston has been hamstrung this season with some really bad breaks on their pitching staff, from injuries to performance issues and everything in between. The good news is that Godley is 1-0 with a 1.53 ERA in four career appearances versus Philly, but he’s been pretty inconsistent so far this season. Until the Red Sox find some promising results in their starters and pen, it’s going to be hard to rely on the team in any capacity this year.