Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros
|Date & Time||Saturday June 15, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)|
Minute Maid Park
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +195 / Houston Astros -230 -- Over/Under: 9
The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros meet Saturday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.
The Toronto Blue Jays could use a win after losing 12 of their last 16 games. The Blue Jays have scored 22 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Toronto Blue Jays have lost 23 straight games when scoring three or less runs. Freddy Galvis leads the Blue Jays with 59 hits and 27 RBI while Randal Grichuk and Justin Smoak have combined for 104 hits and 60 RBI. Clayton Richard gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Richard is 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros look for another win after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Astros have scored 28 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 15 games. The Houston Astros have won 13 straight games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 81 hits and 39 RBI while Josh Reddick and Alex Bregman have combined for 136 hits and 71 RBI. Framber Valdez gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 2.73 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. This will be Valdez’s first career game against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 4-9 in their last 13 during game 2 of a series, 2-7 in their last 9 road games and 0-6 in their last 6 Saturday games. The Astros are 9-3 in their last 12 vs. American League East, 41-16 in their last 57 during game 2 of a series and 35-16 in their last 51 Saturday games. The Blue Jays are 7-17 in the last 24 meetings in Houston and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1-1 in Valdez's last 6 starts overall. The under is 42-20-6 in Blue Jays last 68 Saturday games.
The Toronto Blue Jays continue to get their heads bashed in this month, and they now throw out Richard who has allowed 16 hits and 12 runs through 15.1 innings of work. Valdez has just one start this season, but he's allowed just 10 earned runs through 33 innings and is allowing a .221 batting average on the season. These are two teams heading into opposite directions and I don't like to bet against the Houston Astros anyway when they're going through one of these winning stretches. I'll take the Astros and the RL to increase the value of the bet.