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Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction 6-2-24 Picks

Pittsburgh Pirates (26-31) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (27-29)
June 2, 2024 1:37 pm EDT
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -152 / Pittsburgh Pirates +127 ; Over/Under: -
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays meet Sunday in MLB action from Rogers Centre. Here’s a Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates prediction. This will be the final installment in a three-game series. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for the game.

Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview

The Pirates played a pair of games versus the Detroit Tigers this week. Pittsburgh managed to split those two, losing 8-0 before a 10-2 blowout win. After a 5-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday, in game two the Pirates posted three runs in the first inning and cruised to the win 8-1. Starter Mitch Keller put up 6.0 innings with one earned on five hits and a walk.

Quinn Priester will take the starter gig for the Pirates on Sunday. This year Priester is 0-4 with a 4.33 ERA in five starts. He’s got 17 Ks in 27.0 innings.

Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview

Over on the Blue Jays’ side, they were able to sweep the struggling Chicago White Sox this week. Toronto won those three games 5-1, 7-2 and 3-1. Following their Friday victory, in the Saturday matchup the Jays were out-hit 11-6 in the loss. Yusei Kikuchi managed 5.1 innings as starter with five earned, nine hits and a walk.

It’ll be Chris Bassitt in the starting pitcher role for the Jays on Sunday. So far Bassitt is 5-6 with a 4.03 ERA and 56 Ks in 60.1 innings over 11 starts. Bassitt is 67-48 with a 3.52 ERA in 180 career games (167 starts).

Pirates vs Blue Jays Injury Notes

Pirates SP Martin Perez (groin) was placed on the 15-day Injured List this week. Catcher Joey Bart (thumb) was placed on the 10-day Injured List this week.

Blue Jays SP Alek Manoah (elbow) will receive an MRI on Thursday.

Total Runs Facts

  • Each of the Blue Jays’ last four day games against NL Central opponents have gone OVER the total runs line.
  • Five of the Pirates’ last six games after playing the previous day have gone OVER the total runs line.
  • The ‘Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs’ market has hit in each of the Pirates’ last three day games against AL East opponents.
  • The ‘Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs’ market has hit in each of the Blue Jays’ last three day games against NL Central opponents.

Toronto Blue Jays Player Prop Facts

  • Chris Bassitt has recorded a win in four of his last five home appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Daulton Varsho has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last five appearances against the Pirates after playing the previous day.
  • Daulton Varsho has recorded a Double in three of his last four appearances against the Pirates after playing the previous day.
  • George Springer has recorded at least one Single in each of his last 10 Sunday appearances against teams that held a losing record.
  • Daulton Varsho has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last six appearances against NL Central opponents.
  • Danny Jansen has scored a run in seven of his last eight appearances against NL opponents.
  • George Springer has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 10 Sunday appearances against teams that held a losing record.
  • Chris Bassitt has recorded six or more strikeouts in four of his last five home appearances against NL Central opponents.
  • Daulton Varsho has hit a home run in three of his last seven home appearances against opponents that held a losing record.

Pittsburgh Pirates Player Prop Facts

  • Connor Joe has scored a run in each of his last five appearances against AL East opponents.
  • Bryan Reynolds has hit a home run in three of the Pirates’ last five games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Andrew McCutchen has recorded at least one hit in each of his last nine road appearances against AL East opponents that held a losing record.
  • Bryan Reynolds has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Pirates’ last four games against AL East opponents that held a losing record.
  • Andrew McCutchen has recorded at least one total base in each of his last nine road appearances against AL East opponents that held a losing record.
  • Andrew McCutchen has recorded at least one Single in each of his last six appearances against AL East opponents that held a losing record.

Toronto Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction

I’ll stick with the Jays. Bassitt took a loss on May 17 versus the Rays with three earned in 5.2 innings. He’s been great since then, though. Over his last pair Bassitt is 2-0 with zero earned runs on 10 hits and two walks in 12.0 combined innings of work.

On Saturday the Blue Jays had a tepid six team hits—with four of those coming from Vladimir Guerrero (run) and Daniel Vogelbach (RBI). The pitching was pretty shaky overall as well. Toronto has some ground to make up but I think they’ll be okay for Sunday.

Andrew's Free Pick: Toronto Blue Jays -152

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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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