The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to get back on track on Tuesday after having their four-game winning streak snapped on Monday by the Houston Astros.
Houston pounded its way to a convincing 11-4 victory in the series opener at Rogers Centre, recording a season-high 19 hits against Alek Manoah and the Blue Jays.
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Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, Corey Julks, and Jake Meyers all went deep for the Astros, who still left 18 runners on base in the lopsided win.
Houston now has three wins in four games this season against the Blue Jays, who will be playing the second game of a seven-game homestand on Tuesday.
Toronto is a -130 home favourite on Tuesday with the total set at eight runs.
Astros vs. Blue Jays odds
|Astros Moneyline Odds||+110|
|Blue Jays Moneyline Odds||-130|
|Runline odds||Blue Jays -1.5 (+155), Astros +1.5 (-175)|
|Over/Under||8 runs (+100 over, -120, under)|
|Time/Date||Tuesday, June 6, 7:07 p.m. ET|
|TV||Broadcast: Sportsnet, SNET NOW app|
About the Astros (36-24 SU, 32-28 ATS, 30-29-1 o/u)
The Astros have won eight of their last 11 games to close the gap on the Texas Rangers for the American League West lead to 3 1/2 games.
Yainer Diaz and Meyers recorded four hits apiece in Monday’s win and Diaz has hit safetly in four straight games while going 8-for-14 at the dish during that span. Meyers is 1-for-2 in his career against Toronto starter Kevin Gausman with a home run, while Diaz has never faced the righty before.
Houston is in a stretch where it’ll play 17 straight games without a day off and the Astros have played the last three without second baseman Jose Altuve (oblique). He’s considered day-to-day and bettors will want to monitor his status leading up to first pitch.
The Astros will have a well-rested bullpen on Tuesday after starter Brandon Bielak pitched into the seventh inning the night before.
About the Blue Jays (33-28 SU, 29-32 ATS, 29-29-3 o/u)
The Jays were riding high after sweeping the Mets in New York last weekend, but they hit the wall after returning home on Monday.
Manoah’s struggles continued as he could only record one out before forcing manager John Schneider to go to his bullpen. Toronto used six relievers on Monday and each of them threw at least an inning, so that means Gausman will be counted on to go deep in this game.
Shortstop Bo Bichette continues to swing a hot bat for Toronto. He’s 15-for-43 (.348 batting average) with a triple and three homers over his last 10 games.
Catcher Danny Jansen (groin) is still on the injured list, but should be returning to action soon. Third baseman Matt Chapman (toe) is day-to-day
Houston: RHP Hunter Brown (5-2, 3.61 ERA, 10.68 K/9), 1.24 WHIP)
Brown, who has never faced Toronto, is coming off a rough outing against the Minnesota Twins. He was rattled for five earned runs on six hits while striking out eight over 4 2/3 innings. Prior to that, he had turned in three consecutive quality starts and recorded two wins during that span.
Toronto: RHP Kevin Gausman (4-3, 2.76 ERA, 12.0 K/9, 1.12 WHIP)
Gausman allowed seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings to the Astros on April 17. He’s now 2-4 with an awful 5.77 ERA in six career starts against Houston. However, Gausman is on a favourable run right now, allowing two earned runs or less in five straight starts while striking out 42 batters.
Forecasts are calling for clear skies and temperatures around 21C at first pitch, so the retractable dome at Rogers Centre should be open. Winds will be out of the north (blowing in from centre field) at 23 km/h, gusting to 35 km/h.
- The Astros are 17-5 in their last 22 games against AL East opponents.
- The over is 7-3 in Houston’s last 10 games.
- The Blue Jays are 2-6 in their last eight home games.
- The under is 5-2-1 in Toronto’s last eight games.
- The under is 3-1-1 in the past five meetings.
Player prop trends
- Astros third baseman Alex Bregman will take a 12-game hitting streak into this one. He’s -200 to get a hit and +155 to record over 1.5 bases. Bregman has a .222 batting average with a home run in nine career at-bats against Gausman.
- Blue Jays outfielder Daulton Varsho has also hit safely in nine straight games after a multi-hit effort on Monday, which included his 10th homer of the season. He’s -155 to get a hit and +600 to homer on Tuesday.
- Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has collected at least one RBI in three straight games. The slugger is +110 to drive in a run.
Wagers to consider
- Brown has easily eclipsed his line for strikeouts in each of his last four outings, averaging 8.75 per start during that span. His line is 4.5 strikeouts (-155 over) in this game. Toronto batters will not be familiar with him as no one on the current roster has faced him before.
- Julks swatted his fifth homer of the campaign on Monday and is a juicy +925 to go deep again on Tuesday. He took Gausman deep for a three-run home run back on April 17.
- Gausman under 19.5 outs: -115. There’s a ton of pressure on Gausman to go deep in this game with the fatigued bullpen, but he’s facing a team that shelled him last time out and put up 19 hits on Monday. The righty has also thrown over 100 pitches in four straight starts, including a season-high 115 in his last outing against Milwaukee. Asking Gausman to get 20 outs (6 2/3 innings of work) is a big ask here against the defending World Series champs.
Other MLB games on Tuesday
|Home Team||Away Team||Time (ET)|
|Tampa Bay Rays||-170||+150||Minnesota Twins||6:40 PM|
|Miami Marlins||-155||+135||Kansas City Royals||6:40 PM|
|Philadelphia Phillies||-210||+175||Detroit Tigers||6:40 PM|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||-240||+200||Oakland Athletics||7:05 PM|
|New York Yankees||-165||+145||Chicago White Sox||7:05 PM|
|Washington Nationals||+130||-150||Arizona Diamondbacks||7:05 PM|
|Cleveland Guardians||-120||+100||Boston Red Sox||7:10 PM|
|Cincinnati Reds||+170||-200||Los Angeles Dodgers||7:10 PM|
|Atlanta Braves||-170||+150||New York Mets||7:20 PM|
|Milwaukee Brewers||-125||+105||Baltimore Orioles||7:40 PM|
|Texas Rangers||-150||+130||St. Louis Cardinals||8:05 PM|
|Colorado Rockies||+120||-140||San Francisco Giants||8:40 PM|
|Los Angeles Angels||-130||+110||Chicago Cubs||9:38 PM|
|San Diego Padres||-135||+115||Seattle Mariners||9:40 PM|