Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies Game One - 9/8/20 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Boston Red Sox (14-28) at Philadelphia Phillies (20-17)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 4:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Martin Perez (2-4) (4.07) vs. Zach Eflin (2-1) (4.45)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -196 / Boston Red Sox +168 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox face the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, September 8th at Citizens Bank Park for game one of a doubleheader.
The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies will finish up their season series in one night as they get set for a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. The Red Sox have notably played poorly this season, as the team is now 14 games under .500 at 14-28 and in dead last in the AL East. The Red Sox have a team ERA of 6.21, which puts them near the bottom of the league in pitching. The Red Sox had the day off on Monday, which is very useful when preparing for a doubleheader.
The Phillies did not get the luxury of a day off on Monday, as the team had to take on the Mets. The Phillies went to extra innings with the Mets after blowing a 6-0 lead, but luckily for Philadelphia, the team was able to find a win in extras by the final score of 9-8. The Phillies are 20-17 and sit in second place in the NL East standings. The Phillies are only 2.0 games behind the Braves for first place in the division.
The Boston Red Sox are set to bring left-hander Martin Perez to the mound to face the Phillies. Perez is 2-4 with a 4.07 ERA through his first 42.0 innings of the season with the Red Sox. Perez was excellent in his last start against the Blue Jays, as he pitched 6.2 innings of one-run ball.
The Philadelphia Phillies will send right-hander Zach Eflin to the bump for Tuesday's game. Eflin is 2-1 with a 4.45 ERA through his first 32.1 innings of the season with the Phillies. Eflin allowed four earned runs on seven hits through 6.0 innings against the Braves in his last start.
The line has not yet been released for this game, so be sure to check back for updates regarding the odds. In game one of this doubleheader, I am going to take the home team. The Phillies have played well as of late, and they could really use a two-game sweep over a weak Red Sox club on Tuesday. I think they at least get the job done in game one with Eflin on the mound.
UPDATE: Since the Phillies are heavy favorites at -196, I will take them on the run line in this game.