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Toronto Blue Jays vs Houston Astros Odds and Match Up

The Jays return home this weekend to kick off a crucial four game series against Baseball’s best as the Houston Astros come to town.

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The series will begin on Thursday night and the 58-27 Astros are flying high as they’ve won four straight games and boast the league’s best offense and one of the best pitching staffs.

Toronto (39-45) return home having won the last two games over their rivalled New York Yankees and have to be feeling good about winning Wednesday’s game 7-6 after blowing an early 5-0 lead.

Toronto are at the tipping point in terms of the long term outlook of the team and whether they’ll be buyers or sellers at next month’s trade deadline. Rumours have begun to swirl around former MVP Josh Donaldson as many teams, most notably the St Louis Cardinals have expressed interest in the Jays slugging third baseman. Our Odds for this series come from Bet365. Sign up and receive a $200 cash match deposit bonus

July 6th: McCullers (7-1, 2.69 ERA) vs Liriano (4-4, 5.66 ERA)

The series opener sees Lance McCullers take the mound looking for his eighth win of the year and a very good 2.69 ERA. Although the last time out showed that the big righty is beatable as the Yankees knocked him out of the game early his last start as he went just 5.1 innings and lost the game 13-4.

Liriano counters for Toronto who much like his counterpart got hit hard his last start against the Red Sox which saw him surrender five earned runs over six innings in the loss. Liriano had started showing signs of coming around and will now be facing the most potent batting order in baseball.

Team (Pitcher) Odds from Bet365 Sportsbook Run Line Money Line Over/Under
Houston Astros (McCullers) -1.5 @ 2.00 1.64 Over 9.0 @ 1.90
Toronto Blue Jays (Liriano) +1.5 @ 1.83 2.35 Under 9.0 @1.86

July 7th: Morton (5-3, 4.06 ERA) vs Sanchez (0-1, 3.33 ERA)

The Friday night game sees the return of Blue Jays’ ace Aaron Sanchez as the young fireballer returns from a nagging blister/nail issue that has seen him mist most of the season. Sanchez is Toronto’s most dominant pitcher and when he’s going he’s hard to hit. It will be interesting to see how the youngster fares against the Astros hitters who enjoy hitting fastballs as much as any team in the bigs.

Charlie Morton has been vulnerable this season for the Astros although has held his own as the fifth starter in the rotation. Morton had a nice little four game winning streak under his belt before getting derailed his last two outings against Cleveland and Detroit.

Team (Pitcher) Odds from Bet365 Sportsbook Run Line Money Line Over/Under
Houston Astros (Morton) -1.5 @ 2.40 1.86 Over 9.5 @ 1.90
Toronto Blue Jays (Sanchez) +1.5 @ 1.62 1.95 Under 9.5 @1.90

July 8th Mike Fiers (5-3, 3.80 ERA) vs Marcus Stroman (8-5, 3.42 ERA)

On Saturday the Blue Jays will send Marcus Stroman to the bump as he looks for his team best ninth win on the year. Stroman has been the lone bright spot so far this year in the rotation even though he’s been in a bit of a rut lately having lost three of his last four outings. Marcus took a hard luck loss last time out against the Yankees when he surrendered only two earned runs although got minimal run support from the offense. 

Mike Fiers counters for Houston and even though he settled for the no decision last start against the Yankees, he battled command issues all day. Fiers struggled to make it just 4.0 innings where he surrendered just two hits, but walked four batters and tossed 105 pitches. If the Jays can battle through with some quality at bats then they may be able to get to the Astros bullpen early again.

July 9th Brad Peacock (6-1, 2.91 ERA) vs JA Happ (3-5, 3.47 ERA)

The series wraps up with a Sunday matinee when Brad Peacock looks to continue his career best season and earn a seventh win. The six year veteran has been a pleasant surprise this year for Houston and have won his last three starts giving up a combined five runs over three games. It also helps when the offense is providing plenty of run support as he’s got 26 runs of offense over that very stretch.

JA Happ appears to have made a full recovery from his recent DL stint and has had two quality outings in a row for Toronto. His June 29th start saw him take the loss by way of a 2-0 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles, and even though he surrendered just two runs, it was the lefty’s fifth loss of the year. In Happ’s most recent outing he kept a very good Yankees offense at bay as he gave up just one solo home run to league leading Aaron Judge as the team won 4-1.