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Major League Baseball Predictions

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Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

Major League Baseball Predictions

Inform your Major League Baseball predictions ahead of this week's biggest matches with Pinnacle's weekly update, including analysis, team news, and the latest baseball odds.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

The most storied rivalry in baseball will be reignited on Saturday as the Boston Red Sox visit Yankee Stadium to take on New York.

The two teams were level for much of the early part of this season before Boston fell off the pace and now sit bottom of the AL East at the time of writing with a win-loss record of 71-75.

In contrast, the Yankees are looking to sew up the division title in the remaining games of the season; their 88-58 record at the time of writing has them 5.5 games clear in the race for the AL East crown.

For many New York fans, equally as important is Aaron Judge’s race to become just the second hitter since 1967 to win the Triple Crown, that is to lead the league in batting average, RBIs (Runs Batted In), and home runs.

Judge is comfortably ahead in both home runs (59) and RBIs (127), and his .316 batting average is just a point behind the American League leader Luis Arraez, who is on .317.

Alongside Judge on .316 is Boston’s Xander Bogaerts, who has been the Red Sox’s standout performer this season. His OPS of .855 ranks 14th in MLB.

While the Yankees can move a step closer to securing the AL East title in this encounter, all eyes will be on Judge and his chase of a historic season.

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Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

The AL East has been home to the most competitive action in the MLB all year and it is no surprise that the two teams leading the American League wildcard race come from the division.

The Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays face off on Saturday in a crucial late-season clash. The Rays have a record of 82-65 at the time of writing, putting them just a game behind the Blue Jays, who are 83-64.

Shane McClanahan has been Tampa Bay’s standout performer for the season – his 2.13 ERA (Earned Run Average) ranks second in the majors, as does his 0.86 WHIP (Walks and Hits Per Inning Pitched). The 25-year-old also has a win-loss record of 12-5.

For Toronto, Alek Manoah has been their most impressive starter – his 2.40 ERA ranks sixth in the MLB and his 23 quality starts ranks joint-second.

For these two teams locked in a competitive battle for the wildcard spots, this matchup could have serious implications for their postseason chances.

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Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

The Atlanta Braves have chased the New York Mets all season and at the time of writing sit just one game behind their rivals with win-loss a record of 92-55.

They take on the Phillies on Saturday, who with a record of 80-66 still have an outside chance of securing one of the wildcard spots and as a result, still have plenty to play for.

Kyle Wright has been a key part of the Braves’ impressive rotation this season and his 19-5 win-loss record is the best in the majors, he also sports an impressive top-25 3.18 ERA.

For the Phillies, the power hitting of Kyle Schwarber has come to the fore in their line-up; the slugger leads the National League in home runs with 39 and has also registered 81 RBIs. Philadelphia need to bridge a four-game gap to the St. Louis Cardinals to secure the last wildcard spot so every game from here until the end of the season is crucial.

The same can be said for the Braves, who are desperately chasing the Mets in search of the NL East title and to miss out on the madness of the wildcard game.

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