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MLB Betting Preview: Cincinnati Reds vs. Toronto Blue Jays

August 20, 2023

The Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds finish out their three-game series in Ohio soon, with plenty of betting options to consider. Can the Blue Jays end this road series strong?

  • Date: Game 3 on August 20, 2023 at 1:40 PM ET

  • Location: Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio

Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview

The Blue Jays have not been consistent over their last 10 games, winning less than half of their matchups. This likely contributed to coming out flat in game one, but they have an opportunity to finish the series out with some positive momentum. Hyun Jin Ryu is starting on the mound for game three and is 1-1 on the year.

Their stats have been appealing most of the season. Their batting average is around .258 and their opponent’s average is hovering .239. This is a solid separation between the two averages.

Their earned run average is nearing 3.68 and their on base percentage has moved close to .329. They also have a slugging percentage coming around .412, which is moving closer around the league average.

The Blue Jays are third in the AL East by about nine games behind the Baltimore Orioles. They need to get back on track if they want to have any chance at catching them.

Cincinnati Reds Betting Preview

The Reds have not been the best over a 10 game period, but they have played well in the last handful of games. They need to capitalize at home to stay within striking distance in their division. Hunter Greene is their starting pitcher for game three, but is 2-4 this season.

Their stats are interesting in a few areas. Their batting average is around .250 and their opponents average is hovering .258. This will not get it done against teams that have strong pitching.

Their earned run average is nearing 4.72 and their on base percentage has moved close to .327. They also have a slugging percentage coming around .415, which is near the league average.

The Reds are second in the NL Central by about two games and are in contention of taking over the division. If they can win tough games at home, they will be in a much better position soon.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following odds from MyBookie reveal that this game is a toss up, with the Toronto Blue Jays being slight favorites to win game three. However, the market is estimating that the Reds have a 61.3 percent chance to be victorious.

  • Cincinnati Reds: -102

  • Toronto Blue Jays: -118

  • *odds are subject to changes

The Reds are nearly a coin flip at home, while the Blue Jays are actually at the best on the road. The Blue Jays have a better starting pitcher and their batting averages are more appealing.

Final Pick: Take the Toronto Blue Jays to Win at -118