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Toronto Blue Jays vs. San Francisco Giants - 4/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Francisco Giants at Toronto Blue Jays
Date & Time Tuesday April 23, 2019, 7:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Rogers Centre
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
Toronto Blue Jays -120 / San Francisco Giants +100
TV Channel
RSN
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The San Francisco Giants and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in game one of their mini two game interleague set in MLB action from Rogers Centre on Tuesday night.

The San Francisco Giants will look to build some momentum after avoiding the sweep at the hands of Pittsburgh, winning the series finale by a final score of 3-2 on Sunday. Buster Posey led the Giants by going 2 for 4 with a three run home run and a double while Pablo Sandoval added a double of his own as well. Steven Duggar, Gerardo Parra, Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford, Kevin Pillar and Dereck Rodriguez each had base hits as well in the winning effort for San Fran. Rodriguez got the win to improve to 3-2 after allowing two runs on three hits while striking out four over 5.2 innings of work. Will Smith closed out the 9th for his 5th save of the season. Jeff Samardzija will start game one and is 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. In his career, Samardzija is 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA and 15 strikeouts against Toronto.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to build off of their series sweep of Oakland, taking the series finale by a final score of 5-4 to push their winning streak to 4 games. Justin Smoak went 4 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs while Alen Hanson, Randal Grichuk and Rowdy Tellez each had an RBI as well in the victory. Brandon Drury and Danny Jansen each had a double with Drury going 2 for 4 at the dish. Freddy Galvis had two hits while Billy McKinney chipped in a base knock as well in the victory. Aaron Sanchez gave up one run on two hits over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Daniel Hudson got the win to improve to 1-1 while Ken Giles picked up his 7th save of the season. Trent Thornton will start game one and is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. This will be Thornton’s first career start against San Francisco.

San Francisco is 2-9 in Samardzija’s last 11 starts and 15-36 in their last 51 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Toronto is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 12-4 in their last 16 interleague home games while the under is 12-3 in their last 15 home games. San Francisco is 3-8 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.

Samardzija has solid career numbers in a small sample size against Toronto, but he’s coming off of his worst start of the season so far and San Francisco isn’t a very good team offensively so far this year. On the other hand, Thornton has allowed nine runs in his last two starts spanning 7.2 innings. The difference for me is that Toronto is red hot right now and has the offense to pick Thornton up if he gets in trouble. I’ll side with Toronto to pick up the win in game one on Tuesday.

Pick:
Toronto Blue Jays -120

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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