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Toronto Blue Jays vs. San Diego Padres - 5/24/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Diego Padres at Toronto Blue Jays
Date & Time Friday May 24, 2019, 7:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Rogers Centre
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
Toronto Blue Jays +120 / San Diego Padres -140
TV Channel
RSN, FS-San Diego
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The San Diego Padres and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in game one of a three game interleague weekend set from Rogers Centre in MLB action on Friday night.

The San Diego Padres will look to keep their momentum going after sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks, including a 5-2 win in the series finale on Wednesday. Eric Hosmer had two RBIs while Greg Garcia, Manny Machado and Ty France each had an RBI with Garcia going 3 for 5 with a double while France added a double of his own. Franmil Reyes and Austin Hedges each went 2 for 4 with Hedges adding a double while Wil Myers contributed a base hit as well in the winning effort. Eric Lauer got the win to improve to 3-4 on the year after allowing one run on four hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work to improve to 3-4 on the year. Kirby Yates closed out the 9th for his 20th save of the campaign already. Joey Lucchesi will start game one and is 3-3 with a 4.28 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. This will be Lucchesi’s first career start against Toronto.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to rebound after losing their series with the Boston Red Sox, including an 8-2 loss in the series finale on Thursday. Justin Smoak had a solo home run while Freddy Galvis had a double and an RBI to round out Toronto’s scoring as a team in the loss. Brandon Drury went 2 for 4 with a double while Rowdy Tellez added a double of his own to cap off the Blue Jays’ offense as Toronto had just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Clayton Richard allowed one run on two hits over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Sam Gaviglio took the loss in relief, falling to 3-1 on the year in the process. Trent Thornton will start game one and is 1-4 with a 4.41 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. This will be Thornton’s first career start against San Diego.

San Diego is 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 2-5 in Lucchesi’s last 7 starts while the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 interleague road games. Toronto is 4-1 in Thornton’s last 5 starts and 6-16 in their last 22 games overall while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall.

Toronto just had a bad run of luck against the Red Sox, while San Diego finally got back on track with a sweep over a solid division rival in Arizona. However, Toronto has had success with Thornton on the mound lately, even though the results haven’t been showing up on Thornton’s record, and the Jays are bringing up a couple of key pieces in call-ups for Friday’s matchup. San Diego is countering with the debut of Josh Naylor, but the Padres have struggled on the road recently and haven’t had a ton of luck with Lucchesi on the bump, so I’ll take a shot at Toronto with the plus money at home on Friday.

Pick:
Toronto Blue Jays +120

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