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Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/31/14

Toronto Blue Jays (58-50) at Houston Astros (43-64)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Drew Hutchison (R) (7-9) (4.438) vs. Jarred Cosart (R) (9-7) (4.409)

The Line: Houston Astros +113 / Toronto Blue Jays -123 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNET, CSN-HOU

The Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays will begin a four-game series on Thursday.

The Blue Jays have won 10 of their last 12 games and have pulled within nine games of a .500 record. The Blue Jays offense has been on a tear lately, producing four or more runs in nine straight games and winning 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Melky Cabrera has hit safely in seven straight games and Dioner Navarro has eight RBI in his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.08, which is 24th in the majors. Drew Hutchinson takes the mound, and he’s 7-9 with a 4.44 ERA and has 109 strikeouts in 119.2 innings. This is Hutchinson’s first career game against the Astros.

Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/31/14

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The Astros are 4-8 since the All Star break and 20 games below a .500 record. The Astros did just take two of three from the Oakland Athletics, but their pitching staff has let them down during this horrible stretch. The Astros have an ERA of 4.48 and have allowed four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. Offensively, Jason Castro has hit safely in six of his last seven games and Jose Altuve has a 12-game hitting streak. Starting is Jarred Cosart, who is 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA and has 75 strikeouts in 116.1 innings. This is Cosart’s second career game against the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays are 5-2 in Hutchisons last 7 starts with 4 days of rest and 2-5 in Hutchisons last 7 starts overall. The Astros are 2-5 in Cosarts last 7 starts as a home underdog and 6-2 in Cosarts last 8 starts overall. The Blue Jays are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Houston.

The Blue Jays are on a roll lately and it's kind of hard to pick against them when they're playing a lousy team such as the Astros. I'll take Toronto and the cheap price in this spot. 

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Toronto Blue Jays -123

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