Toronto Blue Jays vs Houston Astros Prediction, 5/9/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Houston Astros
Date: Sunday, May 9, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Anthony Kay and the Toronto Blue Jays (16-14, 3rd in AL East) head to Minute Maid Park on Sunday where they'll take on the Houston Astros (16-15, 3rd in AL West).
Toronto is slugging .400 and have been rung up 257 times, while drawing a walk on 93 occasions. They have accounted for 134 runs batted in as well as 243 hits so far this season, and their team batting average is sitting at .241. The Blue Jays have accounted for 35 two-baggers as a squad and have knocked 41 balls out of the park. They have earned 144 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .311. As a team, the Toronto Blue Jays are scoring 4.8 runs/g, which ranks them 8th in baseball.
Blue Jays pitchers have allowed 37 home runs in addition to 114 runs in total (7th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 85 hitters and their FIP is 4.10 as a unit this year. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 3.06 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.21. The Blue Jays hold a team ERA of 3.56 on the campaign (8th in MLB), and their staff has rung up 260 hitters.
The Blue Jays relief pitchers have earned a save percentage of 87.5% and has entered the game in 27 save situations. The relievers have inherited 52 base runners this year with 25.0% of them ended up scoring. Blue Jays bullpen pitchers have entered the contest with runners on base 37 times in addition to having 39 appearances in high leverage situations. The Blue Jays have dispatched 109 relievers to the hill for the season. The bullpen have a total of 17 holds this year (15th in the league). They have compiled 7 saves so far this season and have blown 1 of their 8 chances to get a save.
The Toronto Blue Jays have a total of 782 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 289 assists and 18 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .983 which puts them in 16th in pro baseball, and have a total of 202 double plays. The Blue Jays have turned 70.2% of balls in play into outs in their 2,346 innings on the field, which ranks them 16th in baseball.
Kay has taken the mound for 42 innings and has tallied 42 punch outs in his pro baseball career. Kay (3-2 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.06 and he has gone up against 195 batters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 6.17 (29 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.606. He has allowed 47 base knocks (10.0 hits per 9 innings) and has had 21 free passes.
The Houston Astros have earned an OBP of .316 as well as a batting average of .254 for the year. They have struck out on 227 occasions (28th in MLB) and have earned a total of 267 hits. Houston has 33 home runs this season as well as 143 runs batted in. The Astros have a team SLG% of .410 and they average 4.87 runs per contest (7th in MLB). They have recorded 58 doubles, while getting a free base 86 times and putting up 151 runs.
The Houston pitching staff have allowed 123 runs this year while holding an ERA of 3.90 (118 earned runs yielded). They have given up 35 homers and they surrender 4.07 runs per 9 innings (10th in MLB). The Astros hold a team WHIP of 1.210 in addition to having a FIP of 4.04 as a staff on the campaign. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.82 (279 strikeouts vs 99 walks). They are currently ranked 14th in the league as a staff in total hits relinquished with 230.
Houston has called on relievers to take the mound in 11 save opportunities and they have recorded 7 saves. They rank 17th in the league with a save percentage of 63.6%, and they have sent 93 relief pitchers to the mound for the year. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 28 times in high leverage situations and on 25 occasions with runners on. Houston relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 43.5% of 46 inherited runners. Sitting with 25 save situations, the Astros have 13 holds in addition to 4 blown saves.
The Houston Astros have turned 27 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .989 (3rd in the majors). The Astros have accrued 248 assists, 12 errors and have 816 putouts this year. In 2,448 innings on the field, the Astros hold a defensive efficiency of 71.3% (10th in baseball).
In his MLB career, Greinke has conceded 2,767 base hits while he has accumulated 2,720 punch outs in 2,979 frames. He has given up a total of 1,117 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.159 and having a FIP of 3.4. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.97 and he has gone up against 12,167 batters during his career. Greinke (210-127 career mark) holds a 3.37 earned run average while allowing 8.4 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston
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