Marcus Stroman (8-5, 4.76 ERA) and Mike Fiers (8-5, 4.46 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (66-51) and the Houston Astros (61-56) at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won the last game 4-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:07 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 14 and can be seen on RTSW and RSN.
Stroman pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 7-1 defeat to the Royals. Edwin Encarnacion (.268, 72 Rs, 32 HRs, 95 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run. Fiers went 5.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking two in a 7-5 win over the Twins in his last outing. Jose Altuve (.365, 86 Rs, 19 HRs, 73 RBIs, 26 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Astros, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Toronto is a -148 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Blue Jays have recorded an overall money line of +six and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 54-34. The Blue Jays are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 166. 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 1.218 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Houston has a 17-15 record and an overall money line of -874. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-3 record and a 5-5 record SU. The Astros have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.7 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 4-2. The Blue Jays have a 50-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Fiers takes the mound. Stroman (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 43-36 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 two walks during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 17-15 record when opponents give up two walks 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 523 this season. Toronto ranks sixth with 558 runs.
Toronto and Houston both rank in the top five of the league in walks. Toronto sits at second with 441 this season and Houston ranks fifth with 419.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 58-30, well-matched with the Astros who are 52-32 when hitting one or more homers.