Toronto Blue Jays at Cincinnati Reds Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 6/20/2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 2:10 PM on RSN, FSOH
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Toronto Blue Jays - Happ, J (6-3) vs. Cincinnati Reds - Leake, M (4-6)
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J.A. Happ will be going for his seventh win of the season for the Toronto Blue Jays when he goes up against Mike Leake and the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon.
Left-hander J.A. Happ won for the sixth time this year on Sunday when he defeated the Baltimore Orioles on the road. He went six innings in that start and allowed just one run on seven hits while striking out six and walking no one. In 53.1 innings of work, Happ has given up 10 hits per nine innings, which is the highest rate that he has had since back in his rookie year.
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has owned Happ over the years, going 6-for-12 against him with a double, three home runs and six RBI. None of the other Reds have been able to hit a home run against him.
Mike Leake had a pretty rough start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, but he came away with his fourth win of the year because the Reds' offense scored 13 runs for him. He went just five innings in that outing and allowed four runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out three. He is now 4-6 this year with a 3.80 ERA.
Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera has two hits in five at-bats against Leake with no strikeouts. Juan Francisco has just two hits in 10 at-bats against him, but both of those hits were home runs.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 35-36-2 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0.5
Cincinnati Reds Betting Trends
Cincinnati Reds are 32-35-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cincinnati Reds is 0
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
06/19/14 P Brett Cecil Groin 15-day DL
06/18/14 1B Adam Lind Foot questionable
06/18/14 3B Brett Lawrie Hand questionable
05/04/14 P Brandon Morrow Hand 60-day DL (5/3)
04/14/14 2B Maicer Izturis Knee 60-day DL (4/14)
06/14/14 P Sean Marshall Shoulder 15-day DL (6/13)
04/09/14 P Trevor Bell Elbow 15-day DL (4/08)
04/02/14 P Brett Marshall Finger 60-day DL (3/30)
03/28/14 3B Jack Hannahan Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
Tony's Pick: Take Toronto
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