Astros visit Toronto Blue Jays in MLB clash
Houston Astros vs Toronto Blue Jays Odds
The visiting Astros hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at Rogers Centre against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Houston puts its faith in starter Jordan Lyles to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 4-4. Getting the ball for the Blue Jays is R.A. Dickey, who owns a 8-11 record on the season with a 4.74 ERA.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Blue Jays as -225 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 9.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.
This game matches up the No. 11 (Blue Jays) and the No. 15 (Astros) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Toronto has the American League's No. 6-rated offensive output, at 8.7 hits per game. The Astros average 7.8 hits per game, good for No. 15 on the American League list.
Defensively, Houston features the American League's No. 14-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.7 runs per game. Toronto, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the American League at home, scoring 5 runs per game.
Last time out for Houston, they were a 4-0 loser as they battled the Blue Jays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jays at -210 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Houston didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Mark Buehrle in a losing cause, 4-0, against Toronto on Thursday.
Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 4-3
After playing Toronto are 4-2
After a loss are 2-8
Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Houston are 2-5
After playing Houston are 3-3
After a win are 2-8
A few Astros at Blue Jays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Toronto
Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 10 games
Toronto is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Houston
Toronto is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
Houston at Toronto, Saturday, July 27