Hyun Jin Ryu (2-1, 2.92 ERA) vs. Sixto Sanchez (1-0, 2.25 ERA)
The Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins got into a tight 3-2 game last night at Marlins Park. The win went to the Marlins, as they scored a late run in the 8th to take a 3-2 lead for good. Josh Smith and the Marlins’ bullpen combined for a nice day at the office on the hill. The Blue Jays were held to 2 runs with just 6 hits on Tuesday.
Robbie Ray made his debut for the Blue Jays yesterday. The former Diamondback needed a change of scenery and got it with a trade to the Blue Jays. He was competent with 4 hits and 1 earned run yielded through 3.1 innings of work. There isn’t anything bad that can be said about the Toronto pitching. Their offense needed to get going, though.
The Blue Jays’ offense has been streaky in 2020. That’s kind of what you expect from a young team and that’s what we’re getting from the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays enter Wednesday with a record of 18-16. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that for them in 2020. Given their expectations going into the 2020 campaign, the Blue Jays have been serviceable.
In a season with the postseason expanded, they are going to have a chance to reach the playoffs. Even though they’d be getting some help from Major League Baseball because of more teams allowed in, it’d be an accomplishment if the Blue Jays get into the postseason. They have some good, young talent, and a ticket to play baseball in October would be good for their development.
The Blue Jays don’t have the most elite rotation, but by acquiring Ross Stripling and Ray, their rotation is a lot more complete, though. They can at least send out a decent hurler for five days. Ace Hyun Jin Ryu, who was on fire in August, will be making his first start of the month on Wednesday in Miami. Talented prospect, Sixto Sanchez, is expected to counter for the Marlins. Head below for our free Toronto Blue Jays vs. Miami Marlins pick for September 2, 2020.
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The Blue Jays opened up their wallet to Hyun Jin Ryu in the offseason. He opted to go to Toronto for a four-year $80 million dollar contract. He was off a little bit early on in his career as a Blue Jay, but Ryu has settled in nicely with his new team. Ryu posted an ERA of 1.29 through five starts in August.
Since giving up 9 hits and 5 earned runs against the Washington Nationals on July 30, Ryu has been flawless on the bump with fewer than 2 earned runs allowed in five straight outings. Overall, Ryu has a 2.92 ERA and 1.11 WHIP going into Wednesday.
Ryu has been dominant against the Marlins in the past. They are hitting just .170 with 1 home run and 2 runs scored in 39 at-bats. He should be able to navigate through this lineup on Wednesday.
The Marlins have been better than advertised this season, but still have some improvements to make offensively. They’re 21st in the major leagues with an average of 4.27 runs scored per game. They’ve had issues scoring at home mainly, with only 3.25 per contest. The Marlins are the worst home offense in the majors.
Sixto Sanchez, who is regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball, has already shown off what makes him special. The 22-year-old rookie can regularly touch in the 95-99 mph range with command. That includes a deadly sinker that has a knack for fooling hitters.
After some nerves in his first start, Sanchez settled in nicely to give up no runs across 7 innings versus a quality Rays team last week. He struck out 10 batters to put up double-digit K’s in only the second start of his career. This looks like a 4-2 or 4-3 game with Ryu and Sanchez on the bump. I’d look towards a play on the UNDER.