Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros 8/2/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/1/2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 7:10 PM on RSN, CSNH
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Toronto Blue Jays - Dickey, R (9-10) vs. Houston Astros - Oberholtzer, B (3-7)
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On Saturday night, R.A. Dickey (9-10) will go for his third consecutive win when the Toronto Blue Jays take on Brett Oberholtzer (3-7) and the Houston Astros.
R.A. Dickey had a strong start against the Boston Red Sox on the road on Monday and came away with his ninth win of the year. He pitched seven innings in that game and gave up just one run on three hits while striking out a season-high 10 batters and walking one. His ERA dropped to 3.91 on the year and he has now struck out 126 batters in 145 innings.
Astros catcher Jason Castro has four hits in 13 at-bats against Dickey in his career with a walk, a double and two strikeouts. Second baseman Jose Altuve is hitless against him in 10 at-bats with one strikeout.
Second-year starter Brett Oberholtzer picked up his third win of the year on Monday when he defeated the Oakland Athletics at home. He allowed three runs in 6.2 innings that day while walking one batter and striking out two. Oberholtzer has given up 98 hits in 83.2 innings this year and has only been able to strike out 53.
Blue Jays All-Star outfielder Jose Bautista has one hit in two at-bats against Oberholtzer with a walk and a home run. None of the Blue Jays have faced the left-hander more than three times.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 52-53-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0.4
Houston Astros Betting Trends
Houston Astros are 52-53-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Houston Astros is -0.9
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
07/09/14 RF Cole Gillespie Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
07/09/14 1B Adam Lind Toe 15-day DL (7/8)
07/08/14 1B Edwin Encarnacion Quad 15-day DL (7/5)
06/23/14 3B Brett Lawrie Finger 15-day DL (6/22)
05/04/14 P Brandon Morrow Hand 60-day DL (5/3)
04/14/14 2B Maicer Izturis Knee 60-day DL (4/14)
07/30/14 1B Chris Carter Illness questionable
07/29/14 P Josh Zeid Foot 15-day DL (7/25), out for season
07/23/14 RF George Springer Knee 15-day DL (7/20)
07/08/14 RF Alex Presley Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
07/01/14 CF Dexter Fowler Back 15-day DL (6/27)
06/21/14 P Jose Cisnero Elbow 60-day DL (6/20)
04/26/14 P Matt Albers Shoulder 60-day DL (4/22)
03/31/14 P Alex White Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/31/14 P Jesse Crain Bicep 60-day DL (3/21)
Josh's Pick: Take Toronto
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