Toronto Blue Jays vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 8/12/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (58-58) at Toronto Blue Jays (54-61)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Trevor Williams (5-4) (4.26) vs. Chris Rowley (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -118 / Pittsburgh Pirates +108 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
Up at Rogers Centre on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays will be picking up their weekend MLB series once again.
In the Friday opener, the Pirates scored all four runs in the third inning on the way to a 4-2 victory.
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For the Saturday game, the Pirates will be bringing out RHP Trevor Williams. In his 105.2 innings and 5-4 record this year, Williams has a 4.17 ERA with 76 Ks and 31 BBs.
The Pirates have a few notable bats this year. Andrew McCutchen led the way coming into this series with 117 hits, 73 runs, 23 homers and 70 RBI, while Josh Harrison had 112 hits, 51 runs, 12 homers and 37 RBI. Harrison logged two hits, a run and an RBI on Friday; McCutchen had a hit and an RBI.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, they’re going with RHP Chris Rowley on Saturday. In his 106.1 innings in the minors this year, Rowley has a 2.29 ERA.
Toronto has some notable hitters as well. Coming into this set, Justin Smoak led the way on 116 hits, 64 runs, 31 homers and 76 RBI while Kevin Pillar had 105 hits, 54 runs, 12 homers and 26 RBI. Pillar had a hit and an RBI on Friday; Smoak had two hits and a run.
The Pirates are 1-5 in their last six during game two of a series, and 0-4 in their last four Saturday games. Pittsburgh is also 3-7 in Williams’ last 10 starts and 2-5 in Williams’ last seven starts versus a team with a losing record.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 2-6 in their last eight Saturday games, and the under is 19-7-2 in the Jays’ last 28 Saturday games. Toronto is also 5-1 in their last six versus the NL Central, and 7-4 in their last 11 home games.
Williams has been pretty solid lately since giving up five earned in 6.2 innings in Colorado (which is easy to do). Since then, he’s surrendered just three earned over 18.1 innings. As for Rowley, he’s a bit of an enigma but has played well in the minors. Still, I don’t imagine the Jays will leave Rowley out there for long so this game is Williams’ to control. Give me the Pirates.