The Toronto Blue Jays have been a wreck for most of the season, which is pretty much what you would expect of a team in the middle of a rebuild. They are almost at the absolute opposite end of the spectrum when compared to the Houston Astros, who are +170 to win the World Series. But will the Blue Jays pull off an upset in the series? They are +100000 to win the American League East division.
Game by Game Betting Preview for the Toronto Blue Jays vs Houston Astros Regular-Season Series Running from June 14-16 2019
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston
Game 1 Friday, June 14, 8:10 PM EST
Game 2 Saturday, June 15, 4:10 PM EST
Game 3 Saturday, June 16, 2:10 PM EST
Line: Toronto Blue Jays vs Houston Astros – view all MLB lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Starters: Aaron Sanchez (3-7, 4.25 ERA) vs. Gerrit Cole(5-5, 3.72 ERA)
Sanchez needs to find his mojo back. Over his last two starts, he’s allowed a total of nine earned runs and issued seven walks across 12.0 innings of mound duty. He is 1-4 with a 4.62 ERA in eight starts away from home, so far this season. Cole is on a groove right now. The last time he toed the rubber, he allowed just an earned run on four hits while striking out 14 hitters in a 4-3 home win over the Baltimore Orioles. He hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in five of his last six starts.
Brandon Drury is 2-for-6 in career vs. Cole.
George Springer is 4-for-8 in career vs. Sanchez
Prediction: Astros win, 5-2.
Starters: Clayton Richard (0-2, 7.04 ERA) vs. Framber Valdez (2-2, 2.73 ERA)
Richard needs to pick himself up after getting rocked in an 8-2 home loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Richards lasted just 2.0 innings, as he allowed seven earned runs on seven hits with two walks issued against Arizona. The 35-year-old lefty is 0-1 with a 5.11 ERA in two career starts at Camden Yards. Valdez made his second straight start on Jun. 8, allowing just an earned run on five hits in 7.0 innings of a 4-1 loss at home to the Orioles. In 11.0 innings of duty on the mound in games he started, Valdez has allowed just an earned run on seven hits while striking out 10.
Eric Sogard is 11-for-37 against lefties this season, as of this writing.
Josh Reddick is 17-for-45 against lefties this season, as of this writing.
Prediction: Astros win, 6-3.
Starters: Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.73 ERA) vs. Wade Miley (6-3, 3.14 ERA)
Thornton allowed four earned runs on five hits and struck out four in 5.0 innings of an 11-7 win over the New York Yankees at home on Jun. 5. He hasn’t picked up a win in his last four starts, all resulting in no-decisions. Thornton has also allowed at least three earned runs in each of those games. Miley shut down the Orioles in his last appearance on the mound, holding Baltimore scoreless in 6.0 innings of a 6-0 home win on Jun. 9. Miley is 4-1 with a 1.91 ERA in seven home games this season.
Eric Sogard is batting .308 on the road this season, as of this writing.
Michael Brantley is batting .325 at home this season, as of this writing.
Prediction: Astros win, 4-2.
Writer’s Overall Series Prediction
Astros take all three games.
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