Houston Astros at Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview

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The Toronto Blue Jays will try to avoid losing their fourth straight game as they play host to the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre. ATTSN Southwest will be televising this AL matchup and the action gets underway at 4:07 p.m. ET.

Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays Odds

The Astros are 100-57 SU and have gone 81-75 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle much this year, losing 3.3 units for moneyline bettors and 1.8 units ATS. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are 71-87 SU and 69-88 ATS. They’ve lost 8.8 units for moneyline bettors and 30.0 units ATS.

Blue Jays games have had an over/under record of 79-69-9 in 2018. The Astros have been a decent under bet with a total record of 70-78-8.

The right-handed Chris Devenski is the projected starter for the visiting Astros. Devenski is 2-2 with a 4.12 ERA and 48 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA against Toronto this year.

The Blue Jays are handing the ball to righty Sean Reid-Foley (2-4, 5.40 ERA), who’s got 37 strikeouts and 20 walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.67. Reid-Foley hasn’t faced the Astros yet this year and did not pitch in the majors last season.

Toronto’s pitchers have given up 5.1 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 5.10, a WHIP of 1.43 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.5. The bullpen has a 4.47 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.

Toronto’s hitters have put up 4.4 runs per outing, including 3.8 per game over its last 10 games and 2.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .255/.301/.418 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that span.

The Blue Jays’ hitters have been led by Kevin Pillar, who is slashing .249/.279/.422 with 15 home runs, 58 RBIs, 63 runs and 14 stolen bases.

In the visiting dugout, Houston’s pitching staff allowed 3.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.18 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 10.38 K/9. The bullpen has logged a solid ERA of just 3.02, along with a K-per-9 of 10.67.

The Astros offense has slashed .257/.333/.428 on its way to 5.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (5-0 SU).

Houston’s offense has been led by Alex Bregman. Bregman is hitting .289/.395/.538 with 31 home runs, 103 RBIs and 104 runs scored.

The Astros are looking for another win following a 4-1 victory in the prior game of the series.

Houston Astros at Toronto Blue Jays Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Blue Jays, ATS Winner – Astros, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in three of Toronto’s last seven games.
  • The Astros have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.
  • Houston fielders have four errors over the last 10 games, compared to 11 errors for Toronto over its last 10.
  • The Blue Jays have lost four of their last five games SU.