Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (59-47) at Houston Astros (56-49)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
M Estrada (6-4) (3.02) vs. C McHugh (7-7) (4.75)
The Line: Houston Astros -120 / Toronto Blue Jays +110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays look to build on their 2-1 win on the road yesterday as they continue their series at Minute Maid Park against the Houston Astros.
The Blue Jays got an inspired outing from RA Dickey and two solo home runs from their two biggest pending free agents as they held off the Astros for a 2-1 victory in what has been the second straight low scoring, one run affair between these two teams. The Blue Birds will turn to Marco Estrada on Wednesday night as he will face off against Colin McHugh in what is perhaps the most lopsided pitching match up we will see in this series as Estrada is having a Cy Young type campaign while McHugh has struggled and will look to bring down his ERA from 4.75. Toronto’s bats have gone quiet but you can’t keep a lineup like this down for too long and they will look to get the sticks moving and tee off on McHugh and bring the Astros bullpen in early once again that has had so much success through the first two games of this series.
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The Astros took a tough result last night as they got a strong outing from Lance McCullers who surrendered just two solo home runs but was pulled after discomfort in his elbow which Astros fans and management alike are hoping is just that and no more. Houston is on track to compete for a wild card spot and if they can get a win here and salvage at least a four game split with the Blue Jays it could do wonders for their chances as they know they can play with the big dogs and have success against a hard hitting team like the Blue Jays.
Toronto is 8-1 in their last nine Wednesday games, 4-1 in their last five starts from Estrada on the road, and 8-3 in his last 11 overall while the Astros are 1-4 in their last five overall, 12-2 in their last 14 starts from McHugh at home against a team with a winning record, and 9-3 in his last 12 starts overall. Toronto got back in the win column last night after back to back extra innings losses and I think they use it to their advantage here as they get another behind a strong outing from Estrada and the offense.