The Toronto Blue Jays sprang to life last night, while Lance McCullers were uncharacteristically bad on Thursday night. Houston have been the hottest team in baseball, but the Blue Jays managed to slow them down to a halt on Thursday. It was turning into a blow out, before the Astros added a couple runs for respectability sake. It didn’t matter in the win column, as the ‘Stros had to take a L on the night. No problem for them. They still own a commanding lead in the American League. Despite taking a loss, the Astros have a staggering 15.5 game lead in the AL West.
The Astros can take a loss without it harming much, but the Jays at this juncture have to start winning some ball games. They need to find some momentum going into the All-Star Break which is coming up in a few days. 8.5 games may seem like a lot, but if get something going they could easily catch up. Do I believe they will? No, way too inconsistent for my liking. They haven’t put together any form of consistent yet this season.
The offense came to play last night at Rogers Centre. A 5-run 5th inning set them up for a win. Russell Martin went deep, and Josh Donaldson chipped in with 2 RBIs to lead the way. The Blue Jays also totalled 13 hits. This is the kind of production you expect out of the Jays, but it’s been hard to get out of them in 2017. If they’re going to have a chance at clawing back, they will have to be a top offense in the second-half of the season. Simple as that. We head back to Rogers Centre in Toronto, hoping for different results. Find our free Astros vs. Blue Jays pick below.
Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Charlie Morton (5-3, 4.06 ERA) vs. Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 3.33 ERA)
Like I said, the offense has to find a spark in Toronto. They must get in the habit of putting 6 runs up on a consistent basis. The Astros have been smoking the ball this season, and it’s something the Blue Jays have to emulate. They surely did last night. The Astros are still 1st in the majors with 5.74 runs per game. Further, they’re maintaining 10 runs per games in their last three showings. The Astros are fine. If anything, even the best teams have to take a lump here and there.
Charlie Morton will start for the Astros, whose been doing okay, but he isn’t garnering much attention on this power-packed Astro lineup. Morton has been decent, but there’s room for improvement, especially on the road where he’s gotten wacked for a 6.89 ERA and 1.72 WHIP. In his last two starts on the road, he’s allowed 9 runs. Aaron Sanchez has been holding up well this season with a 3.33 ERA, but after what would be considered a slow night for the Houston hitters, I think they put on a display tonight. There should be runs here, leading to a play on the OVER.
PICK: OVER 9.5 (-110)