In the last of a four-game series between the Houston Astros (56-51) and the Toronto Blue Jays (61-47) at Minute Maid Park, Mike Fiers (7-4, 4.42 ERA) and J.A. Happ (14-3, 3.16 ERA) take the mound. The Blue Jays won the last game 3-1, and Toronto leads the series 2-1. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 4 and will air on RTSW and RSN.
In his most recent outing, Fiers pitched 6.1 innings, allowing one runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking two in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers. Jose Altuve (.359, 79 Rs, 19 HRs, 64 RBIs, 25 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Blue Jays were victorious the last time Happ pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out 11 and walking three in a 9-1 victory over the Orioles. Josh Donaldson (.299, 89 Rs, 27 HRs, 76 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs.
Houston is a +110 underdog in this game, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Astros are 16-12 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -709. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in all of baseball with 79 steals. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Astros are fifth in the AL in hits allowed at home with just 8.6 per game. They have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 8.7 strikeouts per game.
Switching to the opposing dugout, the Blue Jays come into this game with a solid win percentage of .613 when playing as the favorite (49-31) and an overall money line of +two. The Blue Jays are known for their power, smashing 155 home runs. Toronto's pitching staff and defense as a whole have been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking second in the AL with only three runs allowed per road game. They have a WHIP of 1.204 on the year, good for fourth in the league. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 7.7 strikeouts per road game.
The Blue Jays are 2-1 against the Astros this season. The Astros will take on a left-hander (Happ) in this game and have a 14-19 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Blue Jays will be the right-hander Fiers. They sport a 45-31 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
For the 12th time this season, the Blue Jays registered at least two errors in a game.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Astros are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Blue Jays have a 19-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
It looks like the Blue Jays have a slight leg up on the Astros, as the Blue Jays have won their last two games while the Astros have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 49-9. The Astros have a 42-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 472 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five with 524.
Houston and Toronto both rank in the top five of the league in walks. Houston sits at fourth with 386 this season and Toronto ranks second with 413.
When the Astros hit at least one home run, they are 48-32, well-matched with the Blue Jays who are 53-28 when hitting one or more homers.