Astros vs Blue Jays Over/Under Prediction MLB 7/1

Astros vs Blue Jays Over/Under Prediction MLB 7/1

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Houston Astros vs Toronto Blue Jays Over/Under Prediction

 

Game Summary

The Houston Astros will face off against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 1, 2024, at 10:08 PM ET. This game promises to be a thrilling matchup as both teams are in strong form. The Astros, known for their potent lineup and solid pitching, are aiming to strengthen their position in the AL West. The Blue Jays, with a dynamic offense and improving pitching staff, are looking to make a push in the AL East. Both teams have had their ups and downs this season, but this game is critical as they both vie for playoff spots. The Astros have been consistent, leveraging their deep batting order and strong starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Blue Jays have shown resilience, often coming back in games with their powerful hitters.

 

Odds

Bet Odds
Over 8.5 -110
Under 8.5 -110

 

Pitching Probables

Pitcher Team W-L ERA Strikeouts
Justin Verlander HOU 9-5 3.12 122
Alek Manoah TOR 10-4 3.55 138

 

Team Previews

Houston Astros

Hitting: The Astros have a formidable lineup, featuring hitters like Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Yordan Alvarez. They rank highly in runs scored, on-base percentage, and slugging. Their ability to generate runs in various ways makes them a consistent offensive threat.

Relief Pitching: The bullpen has been reliable, with closer Ryan Pressly leading the charge. The relief corps has a collective ERA in the top third of the league, often shutting down games effectively.

Fielding: Defensively, the Astros are solid. They have committed few errors and have a high defensive efficiency rating, making them one of the better fielding teams in the league.

Starting Pitchers: Led by veterans like Justin Verlander, the starting rotation is robust. The starters often go deep into games, reducing the strain on the bullpen and keeping the team in contention.

Toronto Blue Jays

Hitting: The Blue Jays boast a powerful lineup with hitters such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and George Springer. They are among the league leaders in home runs and extra-base hits, often turning games around with their explosive batting.

Relief Pitching: The bullpen has been a work in progress but has shown improvement. Closer Jordan Romano has been effective, and other relievers are stepping up to provide crucial innings.

Fielding: Fielding has been an area of strength for the Blue Jays. They have a good defensive alignment and make few mistakes, contributing to their overall success.

Starting Pitchers: Alek Manoah anchors the rotation, providing quality starts. The rest of the rotation has been solid, with potential to dominate when they are on their game.

 

Projected Starting Lineups

# Houston Astros Toronto Blue Jays
1 Jose Altuve George Springer
2 Michael Brantley Bo Bichette
3 Alex Bregman Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
4 Yordan Alvarez Teoscar Hernandez
5 Kyle Tucker Matt Chapman
6 Jeremy Pena Whit Merrifield
7 Jake Meyers Kevin Kiermaier
8 Martin Maldonado Danny Jansen
9 Chas McCormick Daulton Varsho

 

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone over in 5 of Houston's last 7 games.
  • The total has gone under in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games at home.
  • Houston is 6-2 in their last 8 games.
  • Toronto is 4-4 in their last 8 games.
  • The total has gone over in 6 of the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

 

Recent Games

Date Opponent Score W/L
June 30 Angels 5-4 W
June 29 Angels 3-2 L
June 28 Angels 8-7 W
June 27 Rangers 4-3 W
June 26 Rangers 7-5 L
Date Opponent Score W/L
June 30 Red Sox 6-2 W
June 29 Red Sox 4-1 L
June 28 Red Sox 7-6 W
June 27 Yankees 3-2 W
June 26 Yankees 5-4 L

 

Team Rankings

Category Astros Blue Jays
Hitting 4th 6th
Starting Pitching 3rd 5th
Relief Pitching 5th 10th
Fielding 2nd 4th

 

Significant Betting Stats

  • Houston has scored an average of 5.2 runs per game in their last 10 games.
  • Toronto has allowed an average of 4.1 runs per game at home this season.
  • Justin Verlander has a career ERA of 2.98 against the Blue Jays.
  • Alek Manoah has a WHIP of 1.12 in night games this season.
  • Houston's bullpen has a save percentage of 85% in June.
  • Toronto has hit 20 home runs in their last 10 games.
  • The total has gone over in 4 of Houston's last 5 road games.
  • The total has gone under in 6 of Toronto's last 10 games against AL West opponents.
  • Both teams have a combined batting average of .260 in night games this season.
  • There have been 3 or more runs scored in the first inning in 7 of Houston's last 10 games.

 

Prediction

Pick: Over 8.5 runs

The matchup between the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays features two potent offenses and strong but hittable starting pitchers. Both teams have demonstrated the ability to score runs in bunches, and with the recent trends pointing towards high-scoring games, the over 8.5 runs is the prudent choice. Justin Verlander and Alek Manoah are both excellent pitchers, but they are up against formidable lineups that can exploit even the smallest mistakes. Expect a competitive game with plenty of runs scored.

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