R.A. Dickey (2-6, 5.53 ERA) and Collin McHugh (6-2, 4.33 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (27-30) and the Houston Astros (34-23) at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won the last game 7-2 and Toronto leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:07 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 7 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and RSN.
Dickey is 2-5 with a 5.11 ERA in his appearances against the Astros, but goes up against a below-average Houston offense which is batting just .236 this season. Chris Colabello (.359, 18 Rs, 4 HRs, 17 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run. McHugh is 1-0 with a 2.02 ERA when pitching against the Blue Jays. He takes on a quality Toronto offense which is hitting .265 this season. Jose Altuve (.303, 25 Rs, 5 HRs, 27 RBIs, 16 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Astros, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Toronto is a -122 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Blue Jays have an overall money line of -581 and a record as the favorite of 15-12. The Blue Jays are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 66. Toronto's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 6.2 per game.
As for their opponent, Houston is coming in with an overall money line of +1,085 and an impressive record of 19-10 as the dog. Offensively, they average five runs per game on the road, which is the best in the AL. The Astros have a dynamic offense, ranking third in the league with 178 extra base hits. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 46 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.15 for the season.
The Astros lead the season series, 4-2. The Blue Jays have a 19-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when McHugh takes the mound. Dickey (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a very good 22-12 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Houston is 15-9, while Toronto is 13-12.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Astros have a 3-11 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Blue Jays have a slight leg up on the Astros, as the Blue Jays have won their last four games while the Astros have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 21-7. The Blue Jays have a 24-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 296 this season. Houston ranks 10th with 239 runs.
Ranking ninth, Houston is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 177 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 185.
The Blue Jays are 23-15 when they hit at least one home run. The Astros perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 26-14 record.