Boston Red Sox (9-20) at Toronto Blue Jays (14-13)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 6:37 pm (Sahlen Field)
Colten Brewer (0-1) (3.50) vs. Julian Merryweather (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -121 / Boston Red Sox +110 --- Over/Under: 11.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays meet Wednesday in MLB action from Sahlen Field.
This will be the second game of a three-game set between these teams this week. In the opener on Tuesday, we had a pretty wild game as the Red Sox powered out a 9-7 win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Red Sox posted 13 hits in the Tuesday victory, and their offense really got going in the sixth inning with six runs tallied. Five different Boston players notched multiple hits, and Xander Bogaerts finished 3-for-5 with two runs. Starter Kyle Hart finished with 3.1 innings, eight hits and six earned.
For the Wednesday game, Boston will send out Colten Brewer in the start. Over nine games and two starts so far this season, Brewer is 0-1 with a 3.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 18.0 innings of work. Brewer carries a career 2-3 record in the MLB with a 4.15 ERA and 79 Ks in 82.1 innings.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, they also notched 13 hits in the Tuesday loss, but couldn’t keep pace on the scoreboard. Reliever Wilmer Font took the loss there, with 0.1 innings, four earned and three hits. Santiago Espinal led the way on offense, posting a 3-for-4 evening with a run.
For the “opener” slot in this bullpen game, the Blue Jays will send out Julian Merryweather. In his two appearances without a decision this season, Merryweather has a clean ERA with six strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Shun Yamaguchi is expected to come in behind him and take a handful of innings.
The Red Sox are 41-18 in the last 59 meetings between these teams, and Boston is also 20-7 in the last 27 meetings between these teams in Toronto. The over is 10-3-1 in these teams’ last 14 meetings in Toronto and the under is 7-2 in their last nine meetings overall.
Pick: I’m leaning Blue Jays here. The Red Sox just don’t have a whole lot of pitching options right now, and they’ve had to patch things together with mixed results at best. Brewer has been in the bullpen most of the year but he’s a serviceable spot starter. In his eight career appearances versus the Blue Jays however, Brewer has given up seven runs in 9.1 innings. This is a good opportunity for the Toronto offense to showcase themselves.