Drew Hutchison (4-1, 5.26 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (26-30) go up against Brett Oberholtzer (0-0, 3.24 ERA) and the Houston Astros (34-22) in the second of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won the last game 6-2 and Toronto leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 1:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 6 and will air on ROOT-SW and RSN.
Hutchison has a 6.00 ERA and a 0-0 record in his career against the Astros, but faces a less-than-stellar Houston offense that's hitting just .235 on the year. Josh Donaldson (.311, 46 Rs, 15 HRs, 39 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. In his pitching opportunities against the Blue Jays, Oberholtzer is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA. He gets a strong Toronto offense that's batting .264. George Springer (.233, 26 Rs, 8 HRs, 19 RBIs, 12 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one stolen base.
Toronto is a -142 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the Blue Jays have a 14-12 record and overall money line at -681. The Blue Jays are a power hitting team with 66 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Don't expect the Toronto hitters to swing wildly in their own ballpark. They average only 6.3 strikeouts per home game.
Moving on to the away team, the Astros come into this game with a solid win percentage of .679 when playing as the underdog (19-9) and an overall money line of +1,185. The Astros are the top-ranked scoring offense in the AL when playing on the road, averaging five runs per game so far. The Astros are known for their bats, hitting 177 extra base hits. The Astros have racked up 46 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. Switching gears to Houston's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.14, best in the MLB.
The Astros are 4-1 against the Blue Jays this season. The Blue Jays will take on a left-hander (Oberholtzer) in this game. They have done very well against left-handed starting pitchers this season (7-4), especially at home where they have a 5-2 record. Taking the hill against the Astros will be the right-hander Hutchison. Right-handed starters haven't been a big issue for them as they sport a 22-11 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
Toronto has won 52% (13-12) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Houston has won 62% (15-9) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 2-4 record when opponents give up that many walks.
It looks like the Blue Jays have a slight leg up on the Astros, as the Blue Jays have won their last three games while the Astros have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 21-7. The Blue Jays have a 23-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 289 this season. Houston ranks 10th with 237 runs.
Ranking ninth, Houston is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 176 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 180.
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 26-13 record.