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Toronto Blue Jays vs. San Diego Padres - 7/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Padres (42-56) at Toronto Blue Jays (54-44)

MLB Baseball: Monday, July 25, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)

Colin Rea (5-4) (4.92) vs. A Sanchez (10-1) (2.94)

The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -225 / San Diego Padres +207 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds


Coming up on Monday in MLB action from Rogers Centre, the San Diego Padres and the Toronto Blue Jays will be kicking off their early-week series. 

San Diego just finished off a three-game set against the Nationals. The Padres and Washington split the first two games, then in the rubber match Sunday San Diego slammed out a convincing 10-6 victory. 

Toronto Blue Jays vs. San Diego Padres - 7/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are coming off a weekend set against the Mariners. Toronto lost games one and two of that one by a combined 15-6 score, then in the finale on Sunday, the Jays prevented the sweep with a 2-0 win. 

Taking the start for the Padres on Monday will be right-hander Colin Rea. Over his 18 games (17 starts) this season and a 5-4 record, Rea has tabulated a 5.01 ERA with a 1.46 WHIP in 93.1 innings of work. In a loss against the Cardinals his last time out, Rea went six innings with eight hits and four earned. 

Backing things up in the box, we’ve got a few interesting San Diego hitters. Veteran Matt Kemp heads the charge with 102 hits, 50 runs, 22 homers and 67 RBI. Will Myers has hit 102 times with 65 runs, 20 homers and 63 RBI. Myers had two RBI and a run on Sunday. As for Melvin Upton, he’s got 88 hits with 46 runs, 16 homers and 45 RBI so far—but is probably on his way out via trade. 

Over on the Blue Jays’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the mound Monday. Over his 19 starts this year with a 10-1 record, Sanchez has been great on a 2.87 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP in 125.1 innings. Against the Diamondbacks his last time out, Sanchez was awesome with six hits, one earned and a victory over seven innings. 

Toronto has a pretty fearsome lineup as well. Josh Donaldson heads the charge on 111 hits with 85 runs, 24 homers and 70 RBI. Kevin Pillar has managed 98 hits for his part with 40 runs and 37 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has popped 96 hits with 61 runs, 27 homers and 87 RBI thus far. Encarnation hit a solo homer in Sunday’s game to help Toronto get the win. 

The Padres are 5-1 in their last six game ones of a series, and 5-11 in their last 16 against the American League East. San Diego is also 4-1 in Rea’s last five road starts, and 4-1 in Rea’s last five starts overall. 

As for the Blue Jays, they’re 4-9 in their last 13 game ones of a series, and 6-1 in Sanchez’s last seven starts in game one of a series. Toronto is also 11-4 in Sanchez’s last 15 starts, and 1-4 in Sanchez’s last five starts with five days’ rest. 

With Sanchez throwing the way he is right now, I don’t see the Blue Jays losing here. I’ll take Toronto in the opener.

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