Astros vs. Blue Jays - 8/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (59-47) at Houston Astros (56-49)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
R Dickey (7-12) (4.52) vs. L McCullers (6-4) (3.18)
The Line: Houston Astros -128 / Toronto Blue Jays +118 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros play game two of their series Tuesday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Blue Jays have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Toronto Blue Jays offense has been consistent, and they’ve won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Josh Donaldson leads Toronto with 117 hits, Kevin Pillar has 45 RBI and Edwin Encarnacion has 28 home runs. R.A. Dickey gets the nod, and he’s 7-12 with a 4.66 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. Dickey is 2-5 with a 4.96 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
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The Houston Astros look for back-to-back wins for the first time since July 23-24. The Astros have scored four runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The Houston Astros offense has been hit or miss lately, and they’ve won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 147 hits, George Springer has 60 RBI and Carlos Correa has 15 home runs. Lance McCullers takes the hill, and he’s 6-4 with a 3.18 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. This will be McCullers’ first career game against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series and 6-15 in Dickeys last 21 starts. The Astros are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in McCullers' last 5 home starts. The Blue Jays are 2-13 in the last 15 meetings in Houston.
The Astros usually play well at home and should be a confident bunch after winning Monday night on a walk off base hit. I also like Houston's power against a slower pitcher in Dickey. Give me Houston and the low line.