Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/2/14
Toronto Blue Jays (60-51) at Houston Astros (45-65)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
R.A. Dickey (R) (9-10) (3.911) vs. Brett Oberholtzer (L) (2-7) (4.845)
The Line: Houston Astros +129 / Toronto Blue Jays -139 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, CSNH
The Blue Jays and Astros meet for game three of their four game set at Minute Maid Park.
The Toronto Blue Jays fell 3-1 in Houston on Friday night as their impressive six game win streak came to a halt. Toronto scored a run on a Dioner Navarro sac fly in the first inning but couldn’t get another runner across home plate the rest of the way as the league’s 3rd ranked scoring offense had an off night. Starter J.A. Happ turned in a solid outing allowing just one run on three hits over seven innings but had to settle for a no decision in a tough luck result. The Jays will look to stay hot on the trail of the AL East leading Orioles as they send knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to the mound in hopes of starting a fresh win streak. Dickey was razor sharp in his latest outing against the Red Sox allowing just one run on three hits over seven innings, but for the season the specialist has had mixed success which is to be expected with his hurling style. For the season Dickey has a WHIP of 1.28 and ERA of 3.91 with a record of 9-10. Dickey faced the Astros on April 10th and was touched up for five runs on six hits over seven innings of work. The Blue Jays are 30-28 on the road this season.
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The Houston Astros are just playing for pride at this point in the season, but a lot of players also have resumes to build for next year and beyond as evidenced by SS Gregorio Petit hitting the deciding HR in the 8th in his third game this year after last appearing in the majors back in 2009. The Astros are 29th in the league in batting average at .238 as players like Petit round out changing rosters most casual observers couldn’t name more than a single player on. Houston will look for another win on Saturday night as they turn to lefty Brett Oberholtzer for game three of the series. Oberholtzer is having a mediocre follow up to a strong 2013 debut as he enters this game with a WHIP of 1.41, ERA of 4.30, and 3-7 record in 2014. The lefty took a loss in his lone start against the Jays this season allowing three runs on three hits over just 5.1 innings of work. The Astros are 24-33 at home on the season.
The price isn’t ideal but the Blue Jays are the superior team and should bounce back after dropping last night’s game.