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Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/14

Toronto Blue Jays (59-50) at Houston Astros (44-64)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

JA Happ (L) (8-5) (4.428) vs. Collin McHugh (R) (4-9) (3.451)

The Line: Houston Astros +114 / Toronto Blue Jays -124 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNET, CSN-HOU

The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros play game two of four at Minute Maid Park on Friday.

The Blue Jays have won nine of their last 10 games and have improved to 10 games above a .500 record. The Blue Jays offense has taken it upon themselves during this stretch, scoring four or more runs in 10 straight games and winning 12 of their last 13 games when scoring four or more runs. Jose Bautista has homered four times in his last nine games and Dioner Navarro has four RBI in his last two games. The Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.05. J.A. Happ takes the hill, and he’s 8-5 with a 4.58 ERA and has 71 strikeouts in 88.1 innings. Happ is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA in two career starts against the Astros.

Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/14

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The Astros have lost seven of their last nine games and are 21 games below a .500 record. The Astros pitching staff remains one of the worst in all of baseball, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Astros have an ERA of 4.45 and have lost nine of their last 10 games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Jason Castro has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and Jose Altuve has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Collin McHugh, who is 4-9 with a 3.45 ERA and has 102 strikeouts in 88.2 innings. This is McHugh’s first career game against the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays are 4-1 in Happs last 5 starts and 5-2 in Happs last 7 road starts. The Astros are 0-4 in McHughs last 4 home starts and 0-6 in McHughs last 6 starts overall. 

Happ has been solid on the road this season and the Blue Jays have been on a roll. I'll continue riding the Blue Jays for the cheap price. 

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