The Houston Astros blasted the Blue Jays on Friday, and then the Jays returned the favour yesterday with a 7-2 win. The Blue Jays can go for the series win today, or the ‘Stros can take a split at Rogers Centre. A 3-1 series for the Blue Jays, over a team like the Astros, might get this team going in the right direction? It would be a perfect way for the Blue Jays to go into the All-Star break, feeling a bit better and giving them hope that they can compete with the top teams.
For the Astros, they just have to keep everything together over the second-half of the season. They haven’t hit a cold spell, yet at least, and I think there’s people out there sitting there waiting for them to regress. If the Astros were my team, they would undoubtedly play hot right until the postseason where they’d collapse. But don’t worry Astro fans, I am nothing close to a fan of the Astros.
Brad Peacock has been a fixture in the Astros’ pitching staff in 2017. He’s really elevated his game and taken on a couple of roles in Houston. When injuries hit the starting rotation, Peacock was taken out of the bullpen and put in a starting role. It does appear that Peacock will return to the bullpen after some arms get healthier.
Peacock has been quite the weapon out of the bullpen, so it’s not exactly an awful problem the Astros have here. J.A. Happ has been enjoying plenty of success this season. He will look to upstage Peacock today, as we head to the All-Star break following Sunday. Time to recharge the batteries this week. Find our free Astros vs. Blue Jays pick below.
Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Brad Peacock (6-1, 2.91 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (3-5, 3.47 ERA)
Peacocks owns a 2.91 ERA between the bullpen and starter. He’s a valuable asset on an Astros team who has a bunch of valuable commodities scattered across the roster. As a starter, Peacock has a 3.51 ERA with an impressive 51 punch outs in 33.1 innings pitched. In other words, 1.5 strikeouts per inning. In three of his last four starts he gave up just 1 run and an average of only 3.75 hits per game. He’s been fine on the road, with an ERA of 3.18 and 1.09 WHIP.
The Blue Jays’ offense has really been all over the place this season. They’ve been tough to pinpoint, but more often than not, they’re bats are not performing at a level they should be. Yeah, losing Edwin hurts, but they should at least be in the top 20 in scoring, instead, they are 25th. The Astros didn’t play the part on Saturday, but they are capable of scoring in a hurry.
With 5.82 runs per game, Houston is 1st in runs scored. Happ has been good with a 3.47 ERA, but I like the Astros to respond after the effort yesterday. Peacock should step up and look like a guy who wants to keep a spot in the rotation, despite the reality that he’ll be back in the bullpen after the break. I like the Astros for our final pick of the first-half of the MLB season.
PICK: ASTROS (-105)