Toronto Blue Jays vs. Miami Marlins – MLB, September 2, 2020
Both Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins are surprisingly in the playoff picture, so their two-game series at Marlins Park in Miami will have a lot on the table for each club.
The Blue Jays entered the series as the third-placed team in the AL East with an 18-15 record, holding the bottom wild card in the American League. On the other side, the 15-15 Marlins were tied with the Phillies for the second spot in the NL East on Tuesday.
Hereof, the closing contest Wednesday, September 2, will bring plenty of excitement, so here’s my best Blue Jays vs. Marlins betting pick along with the most important betting tips and notes. If you are interested in more baseball predictions, check out our daily sports betting page.
Blue Jays vs. Marlins Odds
The Blue Jays will start their top ace in this one, while the Marlins opted with a rookie, so the bookies listed Toronto as a -140 fave to beat Miami.
The bookies would be surprised with a high-scoring affair, setting the line at exactly eight runs, but you can visit any of the best online MLB sportsbooks in order to find alternative lines and odds for this matchup.
Blue Jays vs. Marlins Preview
The Blue Jays and Marlins met each other twice this season before they opened this series. Each team has been victorious once, as Toronto won 5-4 as a -155 home fave on August 11, while Miami won 14-11 as a +145 dog the next day.
Toronto is 8-3 in its previous 11 encounters with Miami, while the over is 10-3-1 in the last 14 meetings between the Blue Jays and Marlins.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will get the ball for the Blue Jays, and the lefty is 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 40/10 K/BB ratio in seven starts this term. Ryu has surrendered only five earned runs and 18 hits in his previous five outings. He’s 3-1 with a 2.23 ERA in five career starts against the Marlins.
The hosts will send rookie Sixto Sanchez to the mound, and the 22-year-old righty is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in his previous two starts. Sanchez was terrific last time out, tossing seven shutout innings in a no-decision against Tampa Bay.
Blue Jays vs. Marlins Betting Pick
Sixto Sanchez has been impressive in his first two starts in the majors, but I expect to see some regression when he meets the Blue Jays. Toronto scores 4.79 runs per game, enough for the 12th-best in baseball, while the Blue Jays’ slugging percentage of .443 is the eighth-best in the MLB.
On the other side, the Marlins tally 4.27 runs per game (21st) on a .367 slugging percentage (27th). Hereof, I think Hyun-Jin Ryu will be a key guy in this matchup, while the Blue Jays should take advantage of the Marlins’ rookie starter.
Give me the Blue Jays at moneyline odds. They are 12-8 against the righties in 2020, while the Marlins are 3-7 against the lefties.
Blue Jays to Win-140