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MLB Pick: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Houston Astros – Saturday August 5, 2017

Major League Baseball Matchup at a Glance

  • Where: Minute Maid Park; Houston, TX
  • Date & Time: Saturday August 5, 2017; 6:10pm
  • Point Spread: Houston Astros -160
  • Total: 9
  • Quick Pick: Houston Astros -160

The Toronto Blue Jays will take on the Houston Astros on Saturday in the middle game of a three game series. The Astros won the first game of the series at home. Houston is now an American League best 70-39 on the season, with a monster lead in the American League West Division.

For Toronto, their loss sent them to 51-58 on the season. The Blue Jays still reside in last place of the American League East. Toronto had won two straight games before the Friday loss. The Houston Astros are big favorites in this game. Houston is listed at -160 over Toronto on Saturday.

Astros Dominating 2017

The Houston Astros have been dominating in 2017, but surprisingly have been better on the road than at home. Despite that, Houston is still 32-24 at home this season. The Astros have moved to the top team in runs scored on the season with nearly 640. Houston as a team batting average of .290, which leads the league.

The Astros top offensive threats this season have been George Springer, with 27 homeruns and a .310 batting average, as well as Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve. Correa has drove in 67 runs on the season, and Altuve has a .365 batting average.

Toronto Struggle on the Road

The Toronto Blue Jays come into the game with a 24-32 record on the road this season. The Blue Jays, who advanced to the American League Championship Series the past two seasons seem to be falling short this year. Toronto ranks 26th out of 30 Major League Baseball teams in runs scored, and 27th in batting average.

Justin Smoak has been the leader of the offense for Toronto. Smoak is batting .303, with 31 homeruns and 74 runs batted in. The pitching for Toronto has not been as good as the last couple of seasons as well. The Blue Jays have a team ERA of 4.54, which is 17th in the league.

Morton wins 10th

Charlie Morton is pitching for the Houston Astros. He needs one more win to get to 10 on the season. Morton os 9-4 on the season with a 3.77 earned run average. Morton has thrown 88.1 innings and struck out 97 batters. He has a WHIP of 1.22 on the season.

For the Toronto Blue Jays, Marco Estrada has not been real good this season. He is 4-7, with an earned run average of more than 5. Estrada has struck out 127 batters, but walked 51 in 2017. Look for the Astros to beat up Estrada, and Morton to grab another win. Bet the Houston Astros -160