Toronto Blue Jays (35-35) vs. Miami Marlins (31-40)
June 22, 2021 7:10 pm EDT
The Line: Miami Marlins -105 / Toronto Blue Jays -115; Over/Under: 7.5
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Miami Marlins meet in MLB action from LoanDepot Park on Tuesday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to build on their 7-4 win over Baltimore last time out. Reese McGuire and Bo Bichette each had two RBIs with McGuire going 4 for 5 with three doubles. Teoscar Hernandez had a doubles and an RBI, going 2 for 5 at the dish while Randal Grichuk and Cavan Biggio each had an RBI to cap off the scoring for Toronto in the win. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added a pair of base hits with a double and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a base hit as well to finish off Toronto’s offense as a team in the win. Hyun Jin Ryu got the win to improve to 6-5 after allowing one run on three hits while striking out four over seven innings of work. Tyler Chatwood closed the 9th for his 1st save of the year. Ross Stripling will start here and is 2-4 with a 4.64 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. This will be Stripling’s second career start against Miami.
The Miami Marlins will look to bounce back from a 2-0 loss at the hands of Chicago last time out. Jesus Aguilar had a pair of hits while Jazz Chisholm Jr., Starling Marte, Jorge Alfaro and Jesus Sanchez each had a base hit to cap off Miami’s offense as none of the Marlins’ six hits went for extra bases in the losing effort. Zach Thompson took the loss, falling to 1-2 on the year after allowing an unearned run with seven strikeouts over four innings of work. Sandy Alcantara will start here and is 4-6 with a 3.09 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. This will be Alcantara’s second career start against Toronto.
Toronto is 10-1 in their last 11 interleague games and 4-1 in their last 5 road games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games following an off day. Miami is 4-9 in their last 13 series-opening games and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the AL East. Toronto is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.
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Anyone who has followed me knows that Sandy Alcantara is one of my favorite pitchers in the majors. However, as good as Alcantara has pitched, the results just haven’t been there for him and it’s not often that a pitcher will throw 8.1 scoreless innings and take the loss. The offense just isn’t backing Alcantara up. Ross Stripling hasn’t been great, but the Jays have the more consistent offense and Stripling’s been good enough to give Toronto a chance against better opposition. I’ll lay the juice with Toronto here.