A quick one day, two-game, interleague series is set to be played on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, when the Boston Red Sox (14-28) visit the Philadelphia Phillies (20-17). Boston is the worst team in the AL East and are 9.5 games back of the Blue Jays for that second-place spot. Philadelphia is in second place in the NL East and trail the Atlanta Braves by two games. The Phillies have a 1.5 game cushion on the third place Miami Marlins. This game will air live on FS1 at 4:05 p.m. EST.
Boston got the day off Monday after playing five games in four days against the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto won three of the five after getting the 10-8 win on Sunday. The Blue Jays opened the long series with an extra innings win on Thursday and taking the first game of the double header on Friday. Boston won game two of that double header and then won the Saturday game 9-8. It’s another series win for baby Blue Jays.
The Phillies finished a strange four game series with the New York Mets on Monday and were able to get the split thanks to an extra innings win. Philadelphia won the first game of the series 5-3, but then dropped the game Saturday 5-1 and Sunday 14-1. The Phillies were able to salvage the series with 9-8 win, in 10 innings, on Monday.
Below is my pick for the Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies. All odds are from BetMGM Sportsbook.
Boston Red Sox (+155) at Philadelphia Phillies (-168)
Pitching Matchup: Martin Perez (2-2, 4.07 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) vs Zach Eflin (2-1, 4.45 ERA, 1.27 WHIP)
Martin Perez has not been as bad as his ERA says as only two of his eight starts have been bad. In two of Perez’s starts he has given up a combined 11 runs (10 earned) and 14 hits in 9.0 innings pitched. In his other six starts, Perez has given up nine earned runs 19 hits and 33.0 innings pitched.
Zach Eflin’s tough 2020 continued his last time out and that made four out of six starts this season with a bad line. In his four bad starts, Eflin has given up a combined 25 hits and 15 earned runs in 21.1 inning. However, when Eflin has his stuff he can be electric as he has given up three runs (one earned) and eight hits in 11.0 innings in his other two starts this season. Will the good Eflin show up for Philadelphia Tuesday night?
Alex Verdugo and Zander Bogaerts have led the way for Boston at the plate this season Verdugo, the left fielder, leads the team with a .311 batting average and a .386 on base percentage. Bogaerts, the shortstop, leads with a .541 slugging, .879 OPS, 10 home runs and 26RBI’s.
The Phillies have a three headed monster at the plate, but they can’t seem to get them all clicking at the same time. Right fielder Bryce Harper leads the team with a .272 batting average and .426 on base percentage. First baseman Rhys Hoskins leads with a .540 slugging and .945 OPS. Cather J.T. Realmuto leads Philadelphia with 10 home runs and 27 RBI’s.
MLB Predictions: I am going to back the Philadelphia Phillies in game of the double header.
2020 Picks Record: 47-31