The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to halt a two-game losing streak when they visit the Miami Marlins on Monday evening.
Toronto fell 11-7 to the Texas Rangers on Sunday to drop two of the three games in the series. The Rangers combined for 15 hits in the victory and it could’ve been worse for the Blue Jays had Texas not stranded 17 runners on base in the series finale.
Bet on Blue Jays vs. Marlins
Miami, meanwhile, is riding high after beating the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
The Blue Jays are -155 road favourites in this one and the total is set at 8.5 runs.
Blue Jays vs. Marlins odds
|Blue Jays Moneyline Odds||-155|
|Marlins Moneyline Odds||+135|
|Runline odds||Blue Jays -1.5 (+110), Marlins +1.5 (-130)|
|Over/Under||8.5 runs (+110 over, -110, under)|
|Time/Date||Monday, June 19, 6:40 p.m. ET|
|TV||Broadcast: Sportsnet One|
About the Blue Jays (39-34 SU, 32-41 ATS, 33-37-3 o/u)
The Blue Jays have dropped three straight series, and if the playoffs started today, they wouldn’t be part of the picture.
Toronto will be playing the seventh game of its current nine-game road trip and the team has struggled to a 20-21 record away from Rogers Centre this season. Miami is an impressive 21-13 at home.
Catcher Alejandro Kirk was hit by a pitch on his left hand in Sunday’s loss. X-rays were negative for a fracture and he’s considered day-to-day. He’ll likely get Monday off to heal up.
Toronto will also be without Brandon Belt, who is dealing with a hamstring issue.
About the Marlins (41-31 SU, 35-37 ATS, 32-37-3 o/u)
The Marlins will return home after an impressive 6-3 road trip with stops in Washington, Seattle, and Chicago (White Sox). They’re 10 games over .500 for the first time since May 2011, and their .569 winning percentage ranks third in the National League.
Second baseman Luis Arraez leads MLB with a .388 batting average and he’ll be fresh after receiving a routine day off on Sunday. No qualified hitter has hit .400 in a season since Ted Williams accomplished the feat in 1941, but Arraez is still flirting with history as we sneak up on the midpoint of the season. He’s also on pace for career highs in on-base percentage (.440) and slugging percentage (.480).
The Marlins are playing great baseball despite being quite hobbled as a team. Infielder Jean Segura (hamstring), and outfielders Jazz Chisholm Jr. (toe) and Avisail Garcia (back) are all on the injured list. Miami’s pitching staff is also depleted with seven members currently on the IL.
Toronto: RHP Jose Berrios (7-4, 3.28 ERA, 7.94 K/9, 1.16 WHIP)
Berrios is feeling it lately and will be shooting for a fifth straight victory on Monday. Toronto has won seven of his last eight starts and he hasn’t yieled more than two runs in any of those victories. Berrios is 2-0 with a microscopic 1.37 ERA in three June starts.
Miami: RHP Bryan Hoeing (1-1, 3.12 ERA, 7.62 K/9, 1.38 WHIP)
Hoeing has never faced Toronto and will be making his fourth career start. He’s worked out of the bullpen over the past six weeks and threw 34 pitches over two innings in his previous outing June 12. He’ll likely only be asked to throw a few innings before turning it over to the bullpen.
Forecasts are calling for temperatures around 29C with a 50% chance of thunderstorms in Miami this evening. The retractable roof will likely be closed for this game.
- The under is 5-0 in the past five meetings in Miami.
- Blue Jays are 5-0 in the past five meetings.
- The under is 4-1 in Toronto’s last five games.
- The Marlins are 6-0 in their last six home games and 8-0 in their past eight interleague home games.
Player prop trends
- Whit Merrifield has hit safely in 10 straight games. He’s a steep -260 to record a hit so there isn’t much value in solely betting him to stay hot, but this could be a useful leg of a parlay.
- Bo Bichette has cleared his total bases line in five straight games. The Blue Jays shortstop is -105 to record over 1.5 total bases in this game.
- Bichette has also doubled in five consecutive contests. He’s a juicy +360 to do so again on Monday.
Wagers to consider
- SGP – George Springer over 1.5 total bases, Berrios to record a win, Berrios to allow under 5.5 hits: +1000. This same-game parlay has been boosted to +1000 from +850. Springer has multi-hit efforts in each of his last two games, and as previously mentioned, Berrios is in the zone right now.
- Marlins outfielder Jorge Soler has been hot this month, hitting .318 with three homers and seven RBIs in 44 at-bats. He’s -185 to record a hit, +475 to homer, and +205 to drive in a run.
- Berrios over 4.5 strikeouts: -125. Berrios has surpassed this strikeout total in four of his last five starts (only faltered against the Astros in this span).
Other MLB games on Monday
|Home Team||Away Team||Time (ET)|
|Washington Nationals||+135||-155||St. Louis Cardinals||4:05 PM|
|Detroit Tigers||-145||+125||Kansas City Royals||6:40 PM|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||+100||-120||Chicago Cubs||7:05 PM|
|Cincinnati Reds||-165||+145||Colorado Rockies||7:10 PM|
|Minnesota Twins||-130||+110||Boston Red Sox||7:40 PM|
|Chicago White Sox||OTB||OTB||Texas Rangers||8:10 PM|
|Houston Astros||-120||+100||New York Mets||8:10 PM|
|Milwaukee Brewers||-120||+100||Arizona Diamondbacks||8:10 PM|
|San Francisco Giants||-105||-115||San Diego Padres||9:45 PM|