Saturday, July 8, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Fiers vs. Marcus Stroman
The Houston Astros visit Rogers Centre on Saturday, July 8, 2017 to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Mike Fiers for the Astros and Marcus Stroman for the Blue Jays.
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The opening line for this matchup has Houston at -130 and Toronto at +110. The Astros have a 45-35-6 over/under record and a 51-35-0 run line mark. The Blue Jays are 36-49-0 against the run line and have a 39-41-5 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 45-35-6 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 51-35-0 against the run line
Important Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 39-41-5 against the over/under
The Toronto Blue Jays are 36-49-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
07/04/17 P Charlie Morton Back 10-day DL (05/25); expected to be activated & start Friday vs Toronto Blue Jays
07/01/17 P David Paulino Suspension 80 game suspension (PED)
06/09/17 P Dallas Keuchel Neck 10-day DL (06/05)
06/09/17 P Collin McHugh Elbow 60-day DL (03/30)
04/20/17 P Jandel Gustave Forearm 60-day DL (04/19)
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
07/06/17 P Aaron Sanchez Finger 10-day DL (05/20); expected to be activated & start Friday vs. Houston Astros
07/05/17 C Luke Maile Knee 10-day DL (07/04)
07/04/17 P Marcus Stroman Blister "?" for next scheduled start Saturday vs. Houston Astros
07/01/17 2B Devon Travis Knee 60-day DL (06/06)
06/19/17 P Joe Smith Shoulder 10-day DL (06/19)
06/16/17 3B Chris Coghlan Wrist 10-day DL (06/16)
06/06/17 P J.P. Howell Shoulder 10-day DL (06/05)
05/24/17 LF Anthony Alford Wrist 10-day DL (05/24)
05/20/17 CF Darrell Ceciliani Shoulder 10-day DL (05/19)
04/09/17 P Bo Schultz Elbow 60-day DL (03/30)
04/03/17 CF Dalton Pompey Concussion 60-day DL (03/30)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 58-28 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Mike Fiers has a 5-3 record with an earned run average of 3.80 and a WHIP of 1.31. He has 81 strikeouts over his 87.2 innings pitched and he's given up 82 hits. He allows 8.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.28. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.02 and they have given up 245 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .217 against the bullpen and they've struck out 380 hitters and walked 108 batters. As a team, Houston allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.2 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.91. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 668 base hits and 333 earned runs. They have allowed 98 home runs this season, ranking them 21st in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 266 batters and struck out 870. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.22 and their FIP as a unit is 3.70.
As a team Houston is hitting .287, good for 1st in the league. The Astros hold a .493 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .352, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 10.0 hits per game. Carlos Correa is hitting .320 with an on-base percentage of .397. He has 96 hits this season in 300 at bats with 58 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .553 and an OPS+ of 160. Jose Altuve is hitting .334 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .405. He has totaled 107 hits and he has driven in 45 men in 320 at bats. His OPS+ is 159 while his slugging percentage is at .538. The Astros have 849 hits, including 186 doubles and 136 home runs. Houston has walked 273 times so far this season and they have struck out 573 times as a unit. They have left 580 men on base and have a team OPS of .845. They score 5.76 runs per contest and have scored a total of 490 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Toronto has a 40-45 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.42, Marcus Stroman has a 8-5 record and a 1.26 WHIP. He has 87 strikeouts over the 105.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 107 hits. He allows 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.96. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.90 and they have given up 255 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the Blue Jays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 334 batters and walked 113 opposing hitters. As a team, Toronto allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.4. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 733 base knocks and 368 earned runs this season. They have given up 101 home runs this year, which ranks 19th in Major League Baseball. Toronto as a staff has walked 281 hitters and struck out 744 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.14.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 22nd in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Kevin Pillar comes into this matchup batting .255 with an OBP of .308. He has 83 hits this year along with 21 RBI in 325 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .418 with an OPS+ of 89. Justin Smoak is hitting .300 this season and he has an OBP of .367. He has collected 85 hits in 283 at bats while driving in 55 runs. He has an OPS+ of 147 and a slugging percentage of .594. The Blue Jays as a unit have 690 base hits, including 129 doubles and 111 homers. Toronto has walked 269 times this year and they have struck out on 658 occasions. They have had 552 men left on base and have an OPS of .724. They have scored 4.15 runs per game and totaled 349 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Blue Jays MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros -130
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