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Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays (51-58) at Houston Astros (70-39)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

M Estrada (4-7) (5.19) vs. C Morton (9-4) (3.77)

The Line: Houston Astros -160 / Toronto Blue Jays +150 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ATSW

The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros meet Saturday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Toronto Blue Jays could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Blue Jays allowed 16 runs in Friday’s loss and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Toronto Blue Jays have lost six of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Justin Smoak leads the Blue Jays with 113 hits and 74 RBI while Kevin Pillar and Kendrys Morales have combined for 200 hits and 84 RBI. Marco Estrada gets the ball, and he is 4-7 with a 5.19 ERA and 127 strikeouts this season. Estrada is 2-0 with a 2.79 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his career against the Astros. 

Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros look for another win after losing five of their last seven games. The Astros have scored 19 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Houston Astros have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 151 hits and 62 RBI while George Springer and Yuli Gurriel have combined for 222 hits and 123 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 9-4 with a 3.77 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. This will be Morton’s second career game against the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 1-4 in Estradas last 5 road starts and 3-8 in Estradas last 11 starts. The Astros are 19-7 in their last 26 during game 2 of a series, 7-3 in Mortons last 10 home starts and 4-1 in Mortons last 5 starts. The Blue Jays are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Houston.

Estrada has an ERA of 5.47 on the road and it's where five of his seven losses this season have come. Morton has given up a combined five hits and two earned runs in his last 13 innings, and he's 6-2 at home this season. Also, the Astros are flexing their muscle offensively yet again. This is a game the Astros should win on their home field against the hit or miss Blue Jays.

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