Atlanta Braves (19-14) at Boston Red Sox (12-22)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Fenway Park)
Ian Anderson (1-0) (1.50) vs. Ryan Weber (0-2) (6.00)
The Line: Boston Red Sox +153 / Atlanta Braves -166 --- Over/Under: 10 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox meet Tuesday in MLB action from Fenway Park.
This will be the second installment of a three-game set between these teams this week. In the series opener on Monday evening, the Braves came back from an early 2-1 deficit to pound out a 6-3 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Braves didn’t really get going until the fourth inning on Monday in the win, but rattled off five runs in a three-inning span to eventually take the victory. Atlanta out-hit the Red Sox 12-8 in that one, and all but two players had a hit. Nick Markakis posted three hits himself, along with two RBI and a run.
For the Tuesday starting pitcher role, Atlanta is sending out Ian Anderson again. Anderson had a great outing in his MLB debut, winning the game with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings. Anderson holds a 1.50 ERA and a 0.50 WHIP so far.
Over on the Red Sox side, starting pitcher Colten Brewer had a rough night Monday, going 4.0 innings with eight hits, five earned runs, two walks and four strikeouts. There was a little offense to go around for Boston however, as Alex Verdugo had three hits with two runs. Rafael Devers notched two hits, and an RBI as well.
For the Tuesday starting pitcher role, the Red Sox are going to go with Ryan Weber. In his eight games this season (three starts), Weber is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 24.0 innings of work. Over his MLB career, Weber is 3-11 with a 5.20 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 138.1 innings total.
The Braves are 16-5 in their last 21 interleague games as a favorite and 65-24 in their last 89 games as a favorite. Atlanta is 14-6 in their last 20 interleague games and 7-3 in the last 10 versus the American League East.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 55-23 in their last 78 versus the National League East and 16-37 in their last 53 games as an underdog. Boston is 6-14 in their last 20 games overall and 5-12 in their last 17 home games.
Pick: I’m leaning Braves here, but it seems a little tight. Anderson is coming off a nice start, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his MLB debut—against the big-swinging Yankees no less. Anderson managed one run in those half-dozen frames, and figures to pitch well here. That said, Weber is looking better these days with a 3.21 ERA out of the bullpen over his last five appearances. If he’s on it might be tough for Atlanta to find spots early. I still like the Braves to power it out in the later innings though, even if that’s the case.