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Blue Jays vs. Astros - 8/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (60-55) at Toronto Blue Jays (65-50)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Joe Musgrove (0-0) (0.79) vs. F Liriano (6-11) (5.26)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -133 / Houston Astros +123 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: RTSW/RSN1

The Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Houston Astros look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Astros have scored 32 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Houston Astros offense picked up in their last series, and they’ve won four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 164 hits, George Springer has 68 RBI and Carlos Correa has 18 home runs. Joe Musgrove gets the nod, and he’s 0-0 with a 0.79 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Musgrove’s first career game against the Blue Jays.

Blue Jays vs. Astros - 8/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toronto Blue Jays look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Blue Jays have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 18 games. The Toronto Blue Jays offense has been hit or miss lately, and they’ve won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Josh Donaldson leads Toronto with 126 hits, Edwin Encarnacion has 94 RBI and Michael Saunders has 19 home runs. Francisco Liriano takes the hill, and he’s 6-11 with a 5.34 ERA and 121 strikeouts this season. This will be Liriano’s second career game against the Astros.

The Astros are 6-1 in their last 7 Friday games and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. American League East. The Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League West and 15-6 in their last 21 home games. The Astros are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Toronto.

The Blue Jays are playing better than the Astros right now and Liriano looked solid in his first start since getting traded from Pittsburgh. The Blue Jays have the offense to hang with the Astros even if they heated up Thursday. Give me the home team and cheap price. 

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Toronto Blue Jays -133

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