MLB Baseball Betting: Houston Astros at Toronto Blue Jays

MLB Baseball Betting:  Houston Astros at Toronto Blue Jays&h=235&w=320&zc=1

The Toronto Blue Jays are back in first place in the AL East as we head into Sunday’s action. To be fair, they haven’t exactly dominated their way into the divisional lead. They’ve split the first two games of this three game weekend series against Houston losing 5-3 on Friday but recovering for a 4-2 win on Saturday. The Jays’ primary AL East competitor, the Baltimore Orioles won on Friday and lost on Saturday. That leaves the Blue Jays in first place by 1/2 game over Baltimore. The Boston Red Sox have won 2 straight and are in third place, 1.5 games behind the second place O’s and 2 games back of the first place Jays. In fourth place, the New York Yankees are making like ‘Friday the 13th’ killing machine Jason Voorhees–they just can’t be put away. The Yankees have won 4 straight and 7 of 10. That leaves them 3.5 games behind the third place Red Sox, 5 games behind the second place Orioles and 5.5 back of the division leading Blue Jays. Making the Yankees’ resurgence all the more interesting–they’ll host the Blue Jays in a three game series starting on Monday. After that, Toronto stays out of the road and heads to Cleveland to play a series against the AL Central leading Indians.

Houston is trying to remain in contention in the AL West. They’re currently in third place, 7.5 games behind first place Texas and one game back of second place Seattle. Their big problem is finding some winning form. They’re 5-5 in their last 10 games while Seattle is 8-2 and Texas is 7-3. That math doesn’t work out well for the Astros. Houston will also play a part in the Toronto fortunes–they start an awkward two game home series against St. Louis on Tuesday before heading to Camden Yards for four games against the Baltimore Orioles.

The pitching matchup between right handers Michael Fiers of Houston and Marcus Stroman looks fairly even. Both pitchers have similar numbers for the season and similar recent form. Toronto has won 6 of 8 from Houston at the Rogers Centre but the Jays are just 1-1 this year. In what looks like a very even matchup we’ll take the price.


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