by Max of Doc's Sports - 06/10/2005
Interleague play is in full swing this weekend with numerous match-ups one would never dream would be possible. Toronto has been one of the surprise teams this far into the season. They enter this series near the .500 mark and a finish at this pace would be an outstanding accomplishment for this team. Former Cy Young Winner Roy Halladay and his nine wins leads them. He will not pitch in this series and one would think that would be a tremendous advantage for the Houston Astros. However, a deeper look into this series shows me that Toronto may be able to hold their own.
As hot as Toronto has been this season, the complete opposite can be said of the Houston Astros. They have been one of the worst teams in baseball when playing on the road. Most of this can be attributed to their offense woes. The Astros pitching staff has held their own, however, because of their lack of offense they have suffered numerous low scoring losses. This team is near the top of the National League in pitching and should be able to contend for the Wild Card. They have two pitchers in the top 15 in E.R.A.; yet only have ten wins to go along with ten losses between them. Both Roger Clemens and Roy Oswalt are scheduled to make appearances in this series.
The poor display of offense is not entirely their fault as they have numerous injuries including that of future hall of famer Jeff Bagwell, who has been lost for the season due to shoulder surgery. Lance Berkman started the season on the disabled list and is just starting to find his form since coming back in mid-May. The one constant continues to be Craig Biggio, who puts up solid numbers wherever he plays on the field.
The Bluejays have a solid starting rotation but their bullpen lacks a lot of punch. Miguel Batista is their closer and this is a new role for him since he has been a starting for most of his playing career. Since they play in the American League, they have the luxury of keeping their starting pitchers in late into games. Their offense is solid and is being led by Shea Hillenbrand and his .303 average. Vernon Wells has come on of late after a torrid start to the season and is starting to put up his regular numbers.
Houston will be favored in all of these games with the absence of Roy Halladay for Toronto. I will play the under in all three games. Houston has both of their big guns going and their offense is not up to par with them. Doc's has shown a profit in our last four series write-ups including two sweeps. The under is the way to watch your money grow in this affair.
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