Houston Astros (99-57) at Toronto Blue Jays (71-86)
|Date & Time||Wednesday September 26, 2018, 4:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays / Houston Astros --- Over/Under:
The Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in the finale of their three game set from Rogers Centre in MLB action on Wednesday.
The Houston Astros will look to complete the sweep of Toronto after taking game two by a final score of 4-1 on Tuesday. Alex Bregman went 2 for 5 with a two run home run while Tyler White and Evan Gattis each added an RBI to round out Houston’s scoring in the win. Jake Marisnick added a triple and Yuli Gurriel went 2 for 4 while George Springer and Martin Maldonado each added a base hit in the winning effort. Josh James got the win to improve to 2-0 this season, allowing the one run on four hits over five innings of work. Roberto Osuna closed out the 9th against his former team for his 20th save of the year. Framber Valdez will start the finale and is 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. This will be Valdez’s first career start against Toronto.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to finish the home portion of their schedule on a high note and avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the series. Billy McKinney accounted for Toronto’s lone run with a solo homer in the 3rd. Aledmys Diaz went 2 for 3 with a double while Dwight Smith Jr. and Jonathan Davis each had a double of their own and Richard Urena added a base hit to cap off Toronto’s offense in defeat. Sam Gaviglio took the loss, falling to 3-9 this season, allowing all four runs, three earned, on six hits over five innings of work. Sean Reid-Foley will start game three and is 2-4 with a 5.40 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. This will be Reid-Foley’s first career start against Houston.
Houston is 25-7 in their last 32 games overall and 50-18 in their last 68 road games while the under is 3-1-1 in Valdez’s last 5 starts. Toronto is 0-6 in their last 6 home games against a left-handed starter and 3-8 in their last 11 games against the AL West while the over is 4-1 in Reid-Foley’s last 5 starts overall. Houston is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Toronto will want to send the fans home happy in their home finale, but the issue is that Reid-Foley isn’t the guy to get Toronto there and the Astros are on fire heading into the postseason. Valdez isn’t a staff ace by any means, but he’s pitched the better year of the two starters and has a stronger lineup to back him up so I’ll side with Houston for the sweep here.