Houston Astros at Toronto Blue Jays MLB Game Picks 9/1/2019
Sunday, September 1, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander vs. Wilmer Font
George Springer and the Houston Astros (88-48, 1st in AL West) travel to Rogers Centre on Sunday where they'll meet the Toronto Blue Jays (54-82, 4th in AL East). The Blue Jays open this game at +247 while the Astros are coming in at -300. The O/U is set at 9.
The Astros have been excellent for MLB wagerers, having gone 88-48-0 SU. The Blue Jays cover 39.7% of the time, going 54-82-0 straight up.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Astros have been a hot and cold Under choice for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 61-70-5.
The Astros cover 53.0% of the time away from home, having gone 35-31-0 straight up.
Important Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Blue Jays cover 38.8% of the time at Rogers Centre, going 26-41-0 SU.
The Blue Jays have been a hot and cold Under choice for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 63-68-5.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
8/29/2019 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
8/28/2019 Carlos Correa SS Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/22/2019 Ryan Pressly RP Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
8/21/2019 Josh James RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/21/2019 Aaron Sanchez SP Pectoral Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
6/9/2019 Lance McCullers SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
8/27/2019 Lourdes Gurriel LF Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
8/21/2019 Luke Maile C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/11/2019 Ryan Borucki SP Elbow Out for the season
8/9/2019 Elvis Luciano RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
8/7/2019 Clayton Richard SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/7/2019 Devon Travis 2B Knee Out for the season
8/7/2019 Ryan Tepera RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/22/2019 Matt Shoemaker SP Knee Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 88-48 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander has a 16-5 record with an earned run average of 2.69 and a WHIP of 0.80 this season. He has 243 strikeouts over his 184 innings pitched and he's given up 114 hits. He's allowed 5.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.56. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.82 and they have given up 397 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the bullpen and they've struck out 495 hitters and walked 167 batters. As a team, Houston allows 7.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.72. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 1,021 base hits and 505 earned runs. They have allowed 201 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 384 batters and struck out 1,369. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.15 and their FIP as a unit is 4.15.
As a team Houston is hitting .276, good for 1st in the league. The Astros hold a .490 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .352, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.5 hits per game. George Springer is hitting .295 with an on-base percentage of .385. He has 120 hits this season in 407 at bats with 77 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .570 and an OPS+ of 148. Michael Brantley is hitting .333 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .393. He has totaled 165 hits and he has driven in 80 men in 496 at bats. His OPS+ is 142 while his slugging percentage is at .534. The Astros have 1,296 hits, including 274 doubles and 230 home runs. Houston has walked 530 times so far this season and they have struck out 971 times as a unit. They have left 979 men on base and have a team OPS of .842. They score 5.6 runs per contest and have scored a total of 762 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Toronto has a 54-82 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.35, Wilmer Font has a 3-3 record and a 1.27 WHIP. He has 75 strikeouts over the 68.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 63 hits. He's allowing 8.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.49. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.35 and they have given up 554 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the Blue Jays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 596 batters and walked 269 opposing hitters. As a team, Toronto allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.74. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,220 base knocks and 635 earned runs this season. They have given up 191 home runs this year, which ranks 14th in Major League Baseball. Toronto as a staff has walked 511 hitters and struck out 1,103 batters. They give up a walk 3.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.44 while their FIP as a staff is 4.85.
As a team, they are batting .237, good for 29th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 30th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Justin Smoak comes into this matchup batting .216 with an OBP of .355. He has 79 hits this year along with 55 RBI in 365 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .416 with an OPS+ of 107. Randal Grichuk is hitting .234 this season and he has an OBP of .289. He has collected 115 hits in 491 at bats while driving in 59 runs. He has an OPS+ of 90 and a slugging percentage of .436. The Blue Jays as a unit have 1,093 base hits, including 225 doubles and 206 homers. Toronto has walked 426 times this year and they have struck out on 1,238 occasions. They have had 838 men left on base and have an OPS of .730. They have scored 4.46 runs per game and totaled 606 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Blue Jays MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Jays (+247)
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