Astros vs. Blue Jays Prediction
The Houston Astros have won 10 of their last 12 games and will look for a second straight victory this afternoon at the Toronto Blue Jays. Is a bet on Houston the right way to go here?
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Rogers Centre at 3:07PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are a -171 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Blue Jays are a +161 underdog, while the total is set at 10.5 runs. As of Saturday morning, 78 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Houston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Springer powers Astros
Houston recorded a 7-4 victory Friday night in its series opener at Toronto to improve to 88-48 overall and 37-31 on the road. George Springer led the Astros offensively as he finished 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and four RBIs. Alex Bregman was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Aledmys Diaz went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Collin McHugh picked up the win in relief as he gave up one hit and struck out one in one-third of an inning. Framber Valdez draws the start today for Houston as he enters with a 4-6 record, 5.14 ERA and 1.54 WHIP with 53 strikeouts over 56 innings of work.
Jays hit three homers in defeat
Toronto fell by a score of 7-4 at home Friday night to drop to 54-82 overall and 26-41 at home. Reese McGuire helped lead the Blue Jays offensively as he went a perfect 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Cavan Biggio was 1-for-3 with a solo homer plus two walks. Derek Fisher ended the night 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk. Trent Thornton took the loss as he gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks over five innings. Clay Buchholz takes the mound this afternoon for Toronto as he comes in with an 0-3 record, 5.87 ERA and 1.34 WHIP plus 15 strikeouts over 30 2/3 innings pitched.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros are 38-16 in their last 54 games overall. Houston is 2-5 in its last seven road games.
The Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last five home games. Toronto is 0-4 in the last four Buchholz starts.
Houston has been solid on the road this season, but a far cry from its dominance at home. While Buchholz doesn't move the needle, he's capable of keeping the Jays in it. With the early start time, we might see the Astros sleepwalk through this one. Valdez has good stuff, but he is still young and learning. Look for Toronto to take advantage and get the win as home dogs.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: TORONTO BLUE JAYS +161