Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Game 1 - 9/4/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Game 1 - 9/4/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays (19-16) at Boston Red Sox (12-25)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 4:10 pm (Fenway Park)

Tanner Roark (2-1) (5.33) vs. Zack Godley (0-3) (7.71)

The Line: Boston Red Sox +110 / Toronto Blue Jays -120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox meet Friday in MLB action from Fenway Park. 

This will be the first game of a doubleheader Friday and the second game in the weekend series between these American League East teams. In the Thursday opener, we had a tight game that went into extra innings. The Blue Jays broke things open with four runs in the tenth inning, and ultimately won 6-2 in epic comeback fashion to take first blood in this rivalry set. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

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The Blue Jays were down 2-0 heading into the seventh inning on Thursday, but cobbled together a couple of runs to push extra frames. Teoscar Hernandez was the big offensive hitter with a three-run homer and two runs with his two hits. Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker went 5.2 innings with six hits, two earned runs, four strikeouts and one walk. 

For the Friday game one start, Toronto will send Tanner Roark to the mound. In six starts this season, Roark is 2-1 with a 5.33 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 27.0 innings. Over his MLB career, Roark is 76-65 with a 3.74 ERA and 912 strikeouts in 1127.1 innings of work overall. 

Over on the Red Sox’ side, starting pitcher Martin Perez went 6.2 innings with three hits, one earned, three walks and five strikeouts in his Thursday outing. JD Martinez led the offense with a 3-for-5 evening, and Jackie Bradley slapped a solo homer in the second inning. 

For Friday’s game one start, Boston is sending out Zack Godley. Over his seven games (six starts) this year, Godley is 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 25.2 innings. Over his MLB career, Godley is 37-33 with a 4.82 ERA and 538 Ks in 562.1 innings.

The Blue Jays are 7-1 in their last eight games as a road favorite and 4-1 in their last five games after a win. Toronto is 4-1 in their last five games versus a right-handed starter and 5-1 in the last six during game two of a series. 

Meanwhile, Boston is 4-9 in their last 13 during game two of a series and 16-40 in their last 56 games as an underdog. The Red Sox are 8-21 in their last 29 games on grass and 8-22 in their last 30 home games. 

Pick: I’m going Blue Jays here. I’m not really thrilled with either starting pitcher here, but both of them will be needed to eat up some innings here. Godley has been struggling so far, and gave up five runs in 4.2 innings on Sunday against the lowly Nationals. As for Roark, he’s coughed up 15 walks and seven home runs in a 27-inning span, and that’s ballooned his ERA so far. Roark gave up four runs in three innings during a loss to Boston at Fenway on August 7, and he needs a good bounce-back here. I’m thinking this will be a higher-scoring but tight game, and I like Toronto slightly more. 

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Andrew’s Pick Toronto Blue Jays -120

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.