MLB Predictions: Blue Jays at Cardinals
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It’s time for some interleague play as the St. Louis Cardinals (9-10) begin a 3 game series against Toronto, the start of a 10 game homestand. The Toronto Blue Jays (5-14) will look to try to correct a disastrous start to the season, but luckily, interleague trends are favoring them.
Toronto’s coming off a 2-1 road loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night, splitting the 4 game series with the West Coast team. They continue their road trip in St. Louis, where they haven’t played since 2011, and lose a couple of hours flying back East. Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki are still on the DL, and the rest of the team still isn’t stepping up, in terms of offense. Russell Martin seems to be the only constant on the team, going 5 for 11 during the series with the Angels.
After sweeping the Pirates, and taking 3 of 4 from the Brewers, the Cardinals are doing what Toronto wishes they could do: getting back on track and putting together some streaks. This is the start of their longest homestand, so they’ll will try to come out swinging and even out their record.
Toronto’s starting right hander Marco Estrada (0-1, 2.63 ERA), who has been playing very well as of late. He has 15 strikeouts in only 13 innings, allowing no runs. He’s only allowed more than 2 runs once in his 4 starts this season, but still doesn’t have any wins to put beside his name. Blame that on the offense, but this game could prove difficult too, as Estrada doesn’t have the best numbers against the Cards. In 17 appearances (8 starts), he’s 0-5, with a 5.10 ERA. ‘Nuff said.
Right hander Michael Wacha (2-1, 2.41) starts for the Cards. He’s never faced Toronto, but is coming of a 2-1 win over the Pirates, where he went 6.2 innings, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits. It was his 3rd quality start in a row, and the Cards seem to win games when he starts.Toronto Blue Jays (+130) SportsInteraction
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Despite common logic, the Toronto Blue Jays are the play here. They should be underdogs, but not to this extent. Their offense is sputtering, but it’s not as bad as the beginning of the season, and should continue to improve. Estrada’s record shouldn’t be what it is, because it’s clear it’s the offense that’s the problem. Wacha is no slouch either, but the Cards have less of an advantage than advertised.
Toronto actually has a decent interleague record, going 4-0 in their last 4 interleague road games, and 8-1 in their last 9 interleague road games against a right handed starter. We can even stretch that to 15-7 in their last 22 interleague games against a right handed starter. On the flipside, we have the Cards at 0-7 in their last 7 interleague home games against a right handed starter, and 1-9 in their last 10 interleague home games. Wacha’s also 0-4 in his last 4 against the AL East. The Blue Jays are also 5-2 in their last 7 against St. Louis. For this price, they’re the play tonight against their avian counterparts. Take the Toronto Blue Jays here at +130 at Sports Interaction.
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