The Toronto Blue Jays will open a three-game set with the New York Mets at Citi Field on Friday night.
Toronto notched a 3-1 victory on Thursday afternoon to take two of three games from the Milwaukee Brewers at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays have won back-to-back series for the first time since April.
Bet on Blue Jays vs. Mets
New York, meanwhile, is coming off a three-game home sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mets are -135 home favourites and the total is set at 8.5 runs.
Blue Jays vs. Mets odds
|Blue Jays Moneyline Odds||+115|
|Mets Moneyline Odds||-135|
|Runline odds||Mets -1.5 (+145), Blue Jays +1.5 (-165)|
|Over/Under||8.5 runs (-115 over, -105, under)|
|Time/Date||Friday, June 2, 7:10 p.m. ET|
|TV||Broadcast: Sportsnet, SNET NOW app|
About the Blue Jays (30-27 SU, 27-30 ATS, 27-27-3 o/u)
Kevin Gausman struck out 11 batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings to lift Toronto to a 3-1 victory on Thursday after the team went a miserable 11-17 in May.
Toronto now sits fourth in the American League East, 9 1/2 games back of the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays. The Blue Jays appear to be turning a corner, though, after outscoring division leaders Milwaukee and Minnesota 25-17 over the last two series.
Daulton Varsho has had a slow start since being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last year, the outfielder/catcher belted 27 homers and posted a 106 wRC+. However, he’s slashed just .213/.276/.370 with a 79 wRC+ since suiting up for the Jays.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has also been struggling at the plate. After hitting .309 with five homers in April, Vladdy struggled in May while battling various minor injuries to a .716 OPS.
Catcher Danny Jansen (groin) is on the injured list and first baseman/DH Brandon Belt is questionable for Friday with a stomach ailment.
About the Mets (30-27 SU, 22-35 ATS, 25-29-3 o/u)
The Mets are finally starting to look like the powerhouse team everyone thought they’d be coming into the season.
Max Scherzer tossed seven solid innings and Mark Canha homered for the second straight game as New York prevailed 4-2 over the Phillies on Thursday.
New York outscored the Phillies 10-3 in their three-game series and Mets starting pitchers combined to record a 0.90 ERA. The Mets have gone 10-4 since May 17.
The Mets are just 3 1/2 games back of the Atlanta Braves for the National League Division lead and they currently hold the second wild-card spot in the NL.
Mets first baseman Pete Alonso leads the majors with 20 home runs and is +425 to go deep on Friday. He has three homers in six career games against Toronto.
New York: RHP Justin Verlander (2-2, 4.80 ERA, 6.6 K/9, 1.10 WHIP)
Verlander missed the first month of the season with a shoulder issue and will be making just his sixth start of the season. He’s coming off his worst outing of the current campaign, allowing six runs over five innings to the Colorado Rockies. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has also struggled historically against the Jays, posting a 4-6 record with a 4.29 ERA in 15 career starts against Toronto.
Toronto: RHP Chris Bassitt (5-4, 3.80 ERA, 7.7 K/9, 1.15 WHIP)
This is a classic revenge spot for Bassitt who went 15-9 with a 3.42 ERA in 30 starts last year for the Mets. However, he’s coming off a poor start against the Twins. The righty was bombed for seven runs over four innings of work in a 9-7 loss last time out. Bassitt has never opposed the Mets.
Forecasts are calling for a 40% chance of showers with temperatures around 25C at first pitch. Winds will be light out of the east at 15 km/h.
- The Blue Jays are 2-8 in the past 10 meetings in New York.
- The under is 3-0-1 in Toronto’s last four games.
- The under is 4-0 in New York’s last four home games.
- New York is 5-0 in its last five interleague games.
- New York is 8-0 in its last eight home games.
Player prop trends
- Varsho has hit safely in five straight games and is -160 to record a hit.
- As previously mentioned, Canha has homered in back-to-back games and is +1075 to go deep again. He’s also +215 to drive in a run.
- Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman has scored a run in four straight games. He’s +115 to plate.
Wagers to consider
- SGP: Mets to win, Brandon Nimmo to record at least one hit, Alonso to homer: +1000. Nimmo has a hit in seven of his last 10 games and Alonso is always a threat to go deep and has a history of doing so against the Jays. This SGP has been boosted from +850 to +1000.
- George Springer over 1.5 total bases: +115. Springer has had some success against Verlander, hitting .385 with a homer in 13 career at-bats against the legendary hurler. He has hits in five of his last six games, including three multi-hit performances.
Other MLB games on Friday
|Home Team||Away Team||Time (ET)|
|Cincinnati Reds||+150||-170||Milwaukee Brewers||5:10 PM|
|Miami Marlins||-200||+170||Oakland Athletics||6:40 PM|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||+115||-135||St. Louis Cardinals||7:05 PM|
|Washington Nationals||+160||-180||Philadelphia Phillies||7:05 PM|
|Boston Red Sox||+120||-140||Tampa Bay Rays||7:10 PM|
|Texas Rangers||-110||-110||Seattle Mariners||8:05 PM|
|Minnesota Twins||-135||+115||Cleveland Guardians||8:10 PM|
|Kansas City Royals||-120||+100||Colorado Rockies||8:10 PM|
|Chicago White Sox||-150||+130||Detroit Tigers||8:10 PM|
|Houston Astros||-130||+110||Los Angeles Angels||8:10 PM|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||+105||-125||Atlanta Braves||9:40 PM|
|San Diego Padres||-170||+150||Chicago Cubs||9:40 PM|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-140||+120||New York Yankees||10:10 PM|
|San Francisco Giants||-155||+135||Baltimore Orioles||10:15 PM|