Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7:10 PM (Minute Maid Park)
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Houston Astros will match up in MLB action on Friday to kick off their weekend series.
The Jays are coming off a set against the Orioles this week. Toronto split the first two games of that series, then in the rubber match Thursday the Jays banged out a 12-3 win.
For the Friday game, the Blue Jays will be sending out Aaron Sanchez for the start. Sanchez has 72.0 innings with a 3-7 mark this year alongside a 4.25 ERA, 61 Ks and 40 BBs.
Over on the Astros’ side, they just finished up against the Brewers this week in a quick two-game set. Houston won Tuesday’s game 10-8 but fell 6-3 in the Wednesday matchup.
In Friday’s start, Houston will be sending out Gerrit Cole. Over 84.2 innings and a 5-5 record this year, Cole has a 3.72 ERA with 130 Ks and 20 BBs.
The Blue Jays are 4-0 in Sanchez’s last four Friday starts and 1-7 in his last eight in game one of a series. Toronto is 0-4 in Sanchez’s last four starts and 2-5 in his last seven in game one of a series.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 20-6 in their last 26 after an off day and 45-16 in their last 61 in game one of a series. Houston is 7-1 in Cole’s last eight starts and 5-1 in his last six Friday starts.
Sanchez had a string of three strong starts last month, but he’s stumbled a bit in his last two with nine earned on 13 hits in 12.0 innings. Sanchez also doesn’t have a win (0-6) since April 27. Yikes.
As for Cole, he’s got three quality starts in a row with five earned in 19.0 innings. I usually take the dogs on principle when the line is as thick as this, but I can’t find any reason at all not to think Houston will dominate here.