MLB Baseball Betting: Toronto Blue Jays at Arizona Diamondbacks

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The Toronto Blue Jays will play the second of a quick two game Interleague series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. They’ll then return home to face the Seattle Mariners followed by another Interleague set with the San Diego Padres. If Toronto wants to contend for the AL East title it’s essential that they play well during this stretch. Dropping two of three to a weaker team like the did in Oakland isn’t going to get it done and particularly if the Boston Red Sox continue to play well (8-2 L10–all records pending Tuesday’s results). The ‘glass half full’ version is a bit more rosy–the Jays have won 7 of 10 and are within 2.5 games of the first place Baltimore Orioles with the second play Red Sox one game ahead. The rest of the month sets up very nicely for them as they play the next 9 games at home including a 3 game series with the first place Orioles.

The Diamondbacks are going nowhere and have been terrible at home this year. They have won two straight games and more significantly two straight home games. They’ve been decent on the road this season and play their next six against bottom feeders in Cincinnati and Milwaukee. Arizona is pretty much out of contention for anything of significance and that’s due primarily to their 17-33 -22.2 units performance at home. Inexplicably, they’re also 1-13 -13.3 units on Wednesdays. Go figure that one out. On the road they’re +8.6 units so they’ll be worth a look against the Reds and Brewers later this week.

Toronto will start Marcus Stroman–he’s put up mediocre numbers this year (5.15 ERA overall, 1.359 WHIP) and the Jays have pretty much split his starts (9-10 overall, 4-5 road). He’ll face lefthander Pat Corbin who has been downright awful and like the rest of his team particularly at home. The Diamondbacks have lost 8 of Corbin’s 9 homestarts and he’s put up a 7.15 ERA and a 1.929 WHIP. Corbin did face Toronto on 6/21/16 and pitched very well, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing just 2 earned runs in a 4-2 win. But that was at the Rogers Centre. Look for Toronto to get that game back before returning home.


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