Milwaukee Brewers vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/19/14
Toronto Blue Jays (64-61) at Milwaukee Brewers (70-55)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)
JA Happ (L) (8-7) (4.141) vs. Michael Fiers (R) (2-0) (0.643)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers -135 / Toronto Blue Jays +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB Net, SNET, FSN-WI
The Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers meet Tuesday night at Miller Park to begin a two-game interleague series.
The Toronto Blue Jays have lost five of their last six games but are still three games above .500. The Blue Jays pitching staff is back to giving up runs in large amounts, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Toronto Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.15, which is 24th in the majors, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 15 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Bautista has an RBI in six of his last 10 games and Jose Reyes has 17 hits in his last nine games. J.A. Happ takes the mound, and he’s 8-7 with a 4.20 ERA and has 90 strikeouts in 190.1 innings. Happ is 3-3 with a 5.82 ERA in 10 career games against the Brewers.
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The Milwaukee Brewers have won four straight games and are 15 games above .500. The Brewers pitching staff has been getting it done, allowing three or less runs in 11 of their last 14 games. The Milwaukee Brewers have an ERA of 3.60, which is 12th in the majors, and they’ve won nine of their last 10 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Carlos Gomez has homered three times in his last nine games and Scooter Gennett has a hit in seven of his last 10 games. Starting is Mike Fiers, who is 2-1 with a 1.29 ERA and has 24 strikeouts in 21 innings. This is Fiers’ second career game against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 9-4 in their last 13 interleague games and 1-4 in Happ's last 5 road starts. The Brewers are 10-4 in their last 14 home games and 2-5 in Fiers' last 7 starts. The Blue Jays are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Milwaukee.
There's no way you can back the Blue Jays with the way they've been playing lately, especially with the way Happ has been on the road this season. I'll take the Brewers to stay hot at home after a day off.