Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (59-46) at Houston Astros (55-49)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
M Stroman (8-4) (4.92) vs. D Fister (10-7) (3.73)
The Line: Houston Astros +117 / Toronto Blue Jays -127 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros begin a pivotal series in Texas on Monday with both sides coming off a tough loss yesterday.
The Blue Jays spoiled an opportunity to sweep the Baltimore Orioles and claim a 1.5 game lead in the American League East yesterday as they blew a 2-0 lead and gave up four in the top of the 12th as the O’s snapped their five game losing skid and reclaimed top spot in the division. Toronto dominated the first two games against the Orioles and looked poised to complete the sweep with Aaron Sanchez on the mound but a two run inning tied the ball game and forced Sanchez from the game leaving him with the no decision which ultimately went the way of the visitors who took advantage of a very shaky Franklin Morales and Jesse Chavez in extra innings. The Blue Birds will turn to Marcus Stroman in this one as he looks to regain his ace status and lead his team to victory against a very good Astros side that is coming off an 11-0 drubbing at the hands of the Detroit Tigers yesterday.
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The Astros meanwhile return home after a lackluster series on the road against the Detroit Tigers and face off against the Jays in a pivotal series for both clubs as they make a push towards the postseason. Houston has been linked to a number of available players as the trade deadline hits tomorrow and we could see a couple of new pieces in the fold as the Astros have the pieces to move to acquire help now and based on preseason expectations and the group they have right now I think they are in a win now mode. Houston matches up well with the Jays as they can hit just as well as the visitors but they will have to deal with a motivated Marcus Stroman which is never an easy task so they could be in tough here in their series opener.
The Jays are 5-2 in their last seven overall, 1-4 in Stroman’s last five road starts, and 12-3 in Stroman’s last 15 starts when their opponent allows five or more runs in their last outing while the Astros are 1-5 in their last six, 22-8 in their last 30 home games, and 17-7 in their last 24 games against a righty. The Jays are likely without Troy Tulowitzki here which could impact their defense behind Stroman but overall the Jays are playing the better baseball and show it again here.