Toronto Blue Jays vs. Houston Astros, Friday, Las Vegas Sports Betting, MLB Baseball Odds, Picks and Predictions

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TORONTO BLUE JAYS HOUSTON ASTROS
51-57, 5th in American League East August 4, 8:10 PM | Grass of Minute Maid Park 69-39, 1st in American League West
Toronto at Houston, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 8:10 PM ET, Friday, August 4, 2017
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston), TVA Sports, Sportsnet (Toronto)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays RH Cesar Valdez (1-0, 6.59 ERA) vs. Astros RH Brad Peacock (9-1, 2.62)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Toronto Blue Jays [C. Valdez -R] +1½ -138 +157 Ov 9 -110
Houston Astros [B. Peacock -R] -1½ +118 -167 Un 9 -110
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The Houston Astros will be fighting to snap a losing streak on Friday when they take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park.

Cesar Valdez will be the starting pitcher for the Blue Jays on this day. Right hander Valdez is 1-0 this season with a 6.59 ERA.

Valdez’s opponent in this one will be Brad Peacock. The Astros right hander has a 2.62 ERA to go along with a 9-1 record this season.

Valdez is trying to hold onto a spot in the rotation and was strong in his second start of the season, allowing one run in six innings against Oakland on July 25, before struggling last time out. The Dominican Republic native was ripped for seven runs – six earned – and seven hits over two innings by the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. Valdez worked three innings out of the bullpen at Houston while with Oakland on April 28 and surrendered three runs on four hits and a walk.

Peacock moved into the rotation on May 22 and went 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 11 starts before making one more appearance out of the bullpen last Friday at Detroit. The 29-year-old is taking over Lance McCullers Jr’s spot in the rotation this time around and is looking to allow two or fewer earned runs for the eighth time in nine appearances. Peacock started at Toronto on July 9 and breezed through six scoreless innings while scattering five hits in a win.

Oddsmakers currently have the Astros listed as 167-moneyline favorites versus the Blue Jays, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.

The Toronto Blue Jays took two of three from the Chicago White Sox this week but are still hanging off the fringe of contention for an American League wild card spot. The Blue Jays will see how they stack up against the best the AL has to offer when they visit the Houston Astros on Friday for the start of a three-game series.

Toronto is 51-57 and will need to decide soon if it plans to move several veterans who will pass through waivers before the end of this month. The Blue Jays, who are 7-3 in their last 10 games, have veterans like right-hander Marco Estrada, right fielder Jose Bautista and outfielder/first baseman Steve Pearce who would be attractive to a contending team with holes to fill or injury concerns, such as the AL-leading Astros. Houston placed seven players on the disabled list since July 18 and are 1-5 in their last six contests after squandering a lead in a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of a four-game series on Thursday. One player filling in well during the injury spell is right-hander Brad Peacock, who will take the mound for the Astros on Friday opposite Toronto’s Cesar Valdez.

The Astros were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at 120 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Toronto was a 5-1 winner on the road against the White Sox. Bettors on Toronto at -210 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

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Toronto:
Team record: 51-57 SU
Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Toronto is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games

Houston:
Team record: 69-39 SU
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Houston is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston’s last 13 games

Next up:
Toronto at Houston Saturday, August 5

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Blue Jays C Miguel Montero (groin) is day-to-day.

2. Astros OF George Springer (left quad) is working out on the field, but will not be activated off the disabled list when eligible on Friday.

3. Toronto 3B Josh Donaldson homered in each of the last three games and is 5-for-10 with five RBIs and five runs scored in that span.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Houston Astros  will win outright at -167 and the game will go over 9 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Astros 8, Blue Jays 4 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
TOR TEAM HOU
4.23 RUNS 5.83
4.95 RUNS AGNST 4.34
-0.72 DIFF 1.49
-$1,557 MONEY $1,648
4.54 TEAM ERA 4.17
8.20 OFF HITS 10.14
3.44 OFF WALKS 3.18
7.84 OFF Ks 6.77
8.89 DEF HITS 8.07
3.54 DEF WALKS 3.23
8.68 DEF Ks 10.06
INJURIES
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Gavin Floyd P 15-Day Disabled List
HOUSTON ASTROS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Lance McCullers P 15-Day Disabled List
Colby Rasmus OF 15-Day Disabled List
Luis Valbuena 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Tucker Preston OF 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games
Toronto is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games when playing Houston
Toronto is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Houston
Toronto is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
HOUSTON ASTROS
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston’s last 13 games
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games at home
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing Toronto
Houston is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
Houston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Toronto
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Toronto’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 4.2 14 4.3 5
Toronto’s Away Scoring vs Houston’s Home Defense 4.4 10 4.1 3
Toronto’s Road ERA vs Houston’s Home ERA Allowed 4.5 6 4.7 8
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Toronto’s Overall Defense 5.8 1 5.0 10
Houston’s Home Scoring vs Toronto’s Road Defense 4.8 7 4.8 8
Houston’s Home ERA vs Toronto’s Road ERA Allowed 3.8 4 3.9 10
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
BLUE JAYS
Blue Jays have allowed the third most runs in the league at 4.7 runs per game.
ASTROS
Astros are second lowest scoring team in the league at 3.8 runs per game.
Astros trail the league in hits with 8.1 per game.
Astros strike out more than any team in the league with 9.5 per game.
Astros are the easiest team to score on in the league, giving up 5.2 runs per game.
Astros are second worst in the league in giving up hits, allowing 9.4 per game.
Astros give up the most free passes in the league allowing 3.8 per game.
Astros strike out the second least opponents in the league with 6.7 per game.

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