Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Pass - 8/25/13
Toronto Blue Jays (57-73) at Houston Astros (43-85)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Mark Buehrle (L) (9-7) (4.226) vs. Dallas Keuchel (L) (5-5) (4.748)
The Line: Houston Astros +124 / Toronto Blue Jays -134 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET, CSN-Houston
The slumping Toronto Blue Jays battle the struggling Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
I am a little surprised that Toronto has shown no life and if I were part of this organization, it would be a concern because this team looks like they have packed it in at times. In my view, Toronto has enough talent to win more than they, have but at the same time I know there is a reason I'm not sitting in a major league dug out. Suffice it to say that the Jays aren't getting enough hitting or pitching and it was the arms that hurt them in Saturday's 8-5 defeat at Houston. Chien-Ming Wang gave up five runs (four earned) in three frames to take the loss, while Chad Jenkins gave up three more (one earned). Toronto put plenty of runners on base with nine hits and three walks, with Pillar cracking a three run bomb. Veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle takes the mound versus Houston for the second time in a month. Buehrle would like to duplicate the performance where he tossed a two hit complete game shut out in a 4-0 decision.
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Winning streaks and Houston have not been generally used in the same sentence so back to back wins is a good thing. The Astros accomplished this feat behind another strong offensive performance and have exploded for 20 runs in the victories. Starter Brad Peacock picked up the win even though he gave up four runs on six hits and a pair of bases on balls through 5.2 innings pitched. The usually pedestrian Astros attack was any thing but, with eight hits and two free passes seeing Jason Castro slam a pair of home runs with three RBI's while Brandon Barnes doubling in a pair of runs in the second for a 2-0 lead. Houston turns to a struggling Dallas Keuchel on the mound Sunday to face the Blue Jays. Keuchel has not fared well the past two starts, with nine runs scored on 16 hits and four BB in 12.2 frames.
If the Blue Jays are going to avoid the sweep, they have a guy on the mound that can get the job done in Buehrle. Keuchel has been struggling so the Jays have the edge...right? I have no confidence in them, but they should win and I said should...