Blue jays vs Reds Prediction - MLB Picks 8/19/23

Cincinnati Reds (63-59) vs Toronto Blue Jays (67-55)

Game Info: Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Brandon Williamson (4-2) (4.33) vs Chris Bassitt (11-6) (3.95)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds +124 / Toronto Blue Jays -135 --- Over/Under: 10 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds face off Saturday in an MLB showdown at the Great American Ballpark. On Friday it was the Reds that were able to secure the 1-0 victory. 

Blue Jays Need Every Win

The Blue Jays are battling for the American League Wild Card spot and as the season winds down, every game becomes more and more important. Heading into Friday night’s game the Blue Jays had won two of three games, and in the two wins the pitching was really strong. In the loss the Blue Jays pitching gave up nine runs. The Blue Jays are averaging 4.48 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.03 runs per game. The offense is ranked 16th in the league while the pitching is ranked 2nd. On the mound for the Blue Jays will be Chris Bassitt who sits with an 11-6 record and an ERA of 3.95. In his last start against the Cubs he went six innings giving up four hits and four runs. 

Reds Need Williamson to be Strong

On the mound for the Reds will be Brandon Williamson who sits with a 4-2 record and an ERA of 4.33. Over his last two starts he has gone 12.1 innings and given up only two runs total. If Williamson is good here, the Reds will be in a great spot. The Reds are averaging 4.82 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.98 runs per game. The offense is ranked 9th while the pitching is ranked 26th. Spencer Steer has been the top player for the Reds hitting 18 home runs and driving in 66 RBis. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Williamson has been lights out heading into this game, and the Blue Jays offense has been slumping a bit. Williamson over his last two starts has given up only two runs total and he’s going to lockdown here. The Reds will score enough off Bassitt here and that will be enough to get the job done. Back the Reds on the money line to cash here. 

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

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