Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (51-57) at Houston Astros (69-38)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 4, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
C Valdez (1-0) (6.59) vs. B Peacock (9-1) (2.62)
The Line: Houston Astros -193 / Toronto Blue Jays +181 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
Down at Minute Maid Park on Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Houston Astros will be opening up their weekend series.
The Jays are coming off a set against the White Sox this week. Toronto lost on Monday but won the next two games 8-4 and 5-1.
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Toronto will be rolling with RHP Cesar Valdez on Friday. In his 27.1 innings and 1-0 record this year, Valdez has a 6.59 ERA and 20 Ks.
The Blue Jays have some interesting bats this year. Justin Smoak leads the way on 113 hits, 63 runs, 31 homers and 74 RBI, while Kevin Pillar has 100 hits, 52 runs, 12 homers and 25 RBI.
Over on the Astros’ side, they’re fresh off a set versus the Rays. Houston won on Monday then dropped the next two. On Thursday, the Astros lost the series with a 5-3 defeat.
Houston will be going with RHP Brad Peacock on Friday. In his 75.2 innings and 9-1 record this year, Peacock has a 2.62 ERA with 101 Ks.
The Astros have some big hitters as well. Jose Altuve came into Thursday with 148 hits, 74 runs, 15 homers and 61 RBI while George Springer had 114 hits, 82 runs, 27 homers and 66 RBI. On Thursday, Altuve had a solo homer with three hits; Springer is nursing a quad issue.
Toronto is 5-2 in their last seven versus the AL West and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The Blue Jays are also 5-12 in their last 17 during game one of a series and 1-7 in their last eight Friday games.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 4-0 in their last four during game one of a series and 4-0 in their last four Friday games. The over is 6-0 in the Astros’ last six Friday games, and 13-3-2 in the Astros’ last 18 during game one of a series.
In his last outing against the Angels, Valdez gave up seven runs. In his only other start, he surrendered just one in 6.0 innings versus the A’s. Valdez doesn’t seem to be hanging on to his rotation spot by much, and I think Peacock and the Astros offense can take care of business easily here. Give me Houston.