Aaron Sanchez (11-2, 2.85 ERA) and Collin McHugh (7-9, 4.69 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (65-51) and the Houston Astros (61-55) at the Rogers Centre. The Astros won the last game 5-3, and Houston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 13 and can be seen on RTSW and RSN.
Sanchez pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking one in a 4-2 defeat to the Royals. Edwin Encarnacion (.265, 71 Rs, 32 HRs, 95 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. McHugh went 7.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 3-1 defeat to the Twins in his most recent start. Jose Altuve (.363, 85 Rs, 19 HRs, 73 RBIs, 26 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
Toronto is a -175 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. Though the Blue Jays have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-94), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 53-34. The Blue Jays have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.5 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.8 runs per game. The Blue Jays are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 164. Toronto leads the whole AL in walks at home, earning an average of 4.0 per game. As for the pitchers, the Blue Jays are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.219 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Houston has a 17-14 record and an overall money line of -774. The Astros have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.7 strikeouts per game.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 3-2. The Blue Jays have a 49-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when McHugh takes the mound. Sanchez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 43-35 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, Houston is 30-23, while Toronto is 26-24.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Blue Jays have an 8-8 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 52-9. The Astros have a 47-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th in runs, Houston has earned 521 this season. Toronto ranks sixth with 554 runs.
Toronto and Houston both rank in the top five of the league in walks. Toronto sits at second with 439 this season and Houston ranks fifth with 416.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 57-30, well-matched with the Astros who are 52-32 when hitting one or more homers.