Arizona Diamondbacks at Toronto Blue Jays
|Date & Time||Friday June 7, 2019, 7:07 PM (EDT)|
Toronto Blue Jays -130 / Arizona Diamondbacks +110
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in game one of a three game interleague set in MLB action from Rogers Centre on Friday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to build some steam after salvaging a win and avoiding the sweep against the Dodgers following a 3-2 win in the series finale on Wednesday. David Peralta went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs while Jarrod Dyson also went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI of his own to cap off Arizona’s scoring as a team in the win. Eduardo Escobar contributed a triple to round out the D-Backs’ offense as Arizona cranked out just five hits as a team in the victory. Jon Duplantier gave up two runs on three hits while striking out seven over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Zack Godley picked up the win in relief to improve to 2-4 on the year. Merrill Kelly will start game one and is 5-6 with a 4.41 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. This will be Kelly’s first career start against Toronto.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to bounce back after failing to complete the sweep of the New York Yankees following a 6-2 loss in the series finale on Thursday. Eric Sogard went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and a double while Randal Grichuk also had a pair of hits. Justin Smoak, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Brandon Drury and Luke Maile each had base hits as well in the losing effort. Edwin Jackson took the loss, falling to 0-4 after allowing all six runs, two earned, on six hits over 3.1 innings of work. Marcus Stroman will start game one and is 3-7 with a 2.84 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season. This will be Stroman’s second career start against Arizona.
Arizona is 1-4 in Kelly’s last 5 road starts and 3-7 in their last 10 games overall while the under is 7-3-1 in their last 11 games against the AL East. Toronto is 11-5 in Stroman’s last 16 interleague starts and 9-24 in their last 33 games overall while the over is 7-1-1 in their last 9 home games. Arizona is 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
I can understand the temptation of Arizona and the plus money given that the D-Backs have played the better baseball for most of the season and are much closer to .500 than the Blue Jays are. However, Kelly has been touched up in his last three road starts, allowing 15 earned runs over 12.1 innings of work. Stroman doesn’t have the greatest record, but he’s pitched well to the tune of a 2.36 ERA at home this season and the Blue Jays are coming off of a solid series victory over a very good Yankees team, so I’ll lay the juice with the Blue Jays here.