Blue Jays vs Reds Prediction - MLB Picks 8/20/23

Cincinnati Reds (64-59) vs Toronto Blue Jays (67-56)

Game Info: Sunday, August 20, 2023 at 1:40 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Hunter Greene (2-4) (3.93) vs Hyun Jin Ryu (1-1) (2.57)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds +103 / Toronto Blue Jays -113 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays face off on Sunday in an MLB showdown at the Great American Ballpark. 

Ryu Has Pitched Better

On the mound for the Blue Jays is Hyun-jin Ryu and after some struggles in his first start, he has played better as of late. Two starts ago against the Guardians he went four innings giving up zero runs and in his last start against the Chicago Cubs he went five innings and gave up two hits and two runs. The Blue Jays need Ryu to be lights out here. The Blue Jays are averaging 4.44 runs per game while their defense is giving up 4.0 runs per game. The pitching is ranked 1st in the league. 

Reds Need Every Win

The Reds are fighting for their playoff lives and they need to rack up as many wins as possible. In the first game of this series the Reds didn’t give up any runs and that led to the victory. The Reds are averaging 4.79 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.95 runs per game. The offense is ranked ninth while the pitching is ranked 24th. Spencer Steer has hit 18 home runs and driven in 66 RBIs.On the mound for the Reds will be Hunter Greene who sits with a 2-4 record and an ERA of 3.93. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Ryu has been pitched well heading into this game and he’s going to do it again here. The Reds offense has been a bit inconsistent and even when they won on Monday the offense only managed one run. The Blue Jays are going to score a couple of runs off of Hunter Greene and that is going to be enough for them to get the job done. Back the Blue Jays on the money line to cash. 

Shane’s Pick Blue Jays ML

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