After claiming a 7-2 victory in the series opener on Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays will go for their second straight series win on Wednesday night when they host the Milwaukee Brewers in the second game of a three-game set at Rogers Centre.
Toronto posted 14 hits against Milwaukee on Tuesday, but only one of them was for extra bases. A four-run first inning proved to be the difference in the game as Toronto never looked back after receiving a five solid innings from starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi.
Bet On Brewers Vs. Blue Jays
Four Blue Jays relievers combined to toss four scoreless innings of one-hit ball in the victory. Nate Pearson was fabulous, whiffing four batters over two innings of work while touching 100 mph with his fastball on multiple occasions.
Toronto is a -185 favourite and the total is set at 9.5 runs on Wednesday.
Brewers vs. Blue Jays odds
|Brewers Moneyline Odds||+165|
|Blue Jays Moneyline Odds||-185|
|Runline odds||Blue Jays -1.5 (+100), Twins +1.5 (-120)|
|Over/Under||9.5 runs (-105 over, -115, under)|
|Time/Date||Wednesday, May 31, 7:07 p.m. ET|
|TV||Broadcast: Sportsnet One, SNET NOW app|
About the Brewers (28-26 SU, 25-29 ATS, 24-28-2 o/u)
Milwaukee managed just four hits against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, and two came in the first three at-bats of the game. Infielder Owen Miller, who returned to the lineup after being hit in the arm by a pitch on Sunday, singled off Kikuchi two batters in and then catcher William Contreras followed with a homer – his second in as many games – to get Milwaukee out to a 2-0 lead. Starting pitcher Adrian Houser turned in a miserable performance, though, coughing up six earned runs on 11 hits over 4 1/3 innings of work.
The Brewers, who are decimated by injuries, have now dropped four of their last five games and they’ve been outscored 35-11 during that span. Designated hitter Jesse Winker was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a neck issue. He joins 10 other teammates on the list, including starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff, lefty Wade Miley, infielder Willy Adames, and infielder Luis Urias.
About the Blue Jays (29-26 SU, 26-29 ATS, 27-25-3 o/u)
Alejandro Kirk and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three hits apiece in the series opener and Bo Bichette was the only Blue Jays starter that didn’t get a hit. He went 0-for-5 to snap an eight-game hitting streak.
First baseman/DH Brandon Belt continues to swing the bat well after going 1-for-2 with two walks on Tuesday. He’s hitting an impressive .333 with a .470 on-base percentage this month.
Catcher Danny Jansen (groin) is still on the shelf and outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (back) is day-to-day.
Milwaukee: Julio Teheran (0-1, 1.80 ERA, 9.0 K/9, 1.00 WHIP)
Teheran, a former two-time All-Star, is back in the big leagues after a two-year hiatus. He signed with the Brewers roughly a week ago and made his first start on May 25 against the San Francisco Giants, tossing five innings of one-run ball. He’s 0-1 with a brutal 7.66 ERA in five career starts against the Blue Jays.
Toronto: Alek Manoah (1-5, 5.53 ERA, 7.7 K/9, 1.79 WHIP)
Manoah is desperate to break out of his current funk as rumours begin to swirl that he could be sent to the minors if he can’t regroup and regain his 2022 form. The big right-hander has seen his numbers dip in three areas this season, including stike rate (49.7% to 44.6%), chase rate (30.9% to 25.9%), and first-pitch strikes (61.8% to 54.1%). In his only career start against the Brewers last June, Manoah surrendered two runs on five hits while striking out six in 6 2/3 innings.
The retractable roof should be open at Rogers Centre. Forecasts are calling for evening temperatures around 23C and clear skies. Winds will be light out of the east at 10 km/h.
- The over is 4-0-1 in the past five meetings.
- The over is 7-2-1 in Toronto’s last 10 games.
- The Brewers are 1-4 in their last five road games.
- The Blue Jays are 7-0 in their last seven interleague games vs. a team with a winning record.
Player prop trends
- As previously mentioned, Contreras has homered in back-to-back games. He’s +700 to go deep and he’s never faced Manoah.
- Blue Jays outfielder George Springer has scored a run in four consecutive games. He’s -125 to plate in this one.
- Manoah has allowed three earned runs or more in three of his last four starts. He’s +105 to cough up three or more runs on Tuesday.
Wagers to consider
- Matt Chapman over 0.5 home runs: +360. Chapman has cooled off in May (hitting .190 with two homers), but he’s 2-for-2 with a pair of homers in his career against Teheran.
- Belt has also had success against Teheran, hitting .400 with a pair of home runs in 20 career at-bats against the righty. Belt is -145 to record a hit, +450 to homer, and +170 to drive in a run.
- Blue Jays runline -1.5: +105. The Brewers have literally limped into Toronto with injuries and look like a team lacking confidence right now. Toronto’s bats were hot Tuesday and that should carry over to this game. This is the perfect spot for Manoah to get back on track and post a solid start.
- Bo Bichette over 1.5 total bases: -135. It’s “Bo Bundle” giveaway night at Rogers Centre and that means the first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a Bichette replica jersey and a headband. He should be inspired by the extra support he’ll receive from the happy crowd (roughly half of them will be wearing his replica jersey) and get back on track after a hitless Tuesday. Bichette won’t want to send the fans home with another dud.
Other MLB games on Wednesday
|Home Team||Away Team||Time (ET)|
|Detroit Tigers||+125||-145||Texas Rangers||1:10 PM|
|Chicago White Sox||-135||+115||Los Angeles Angels||2:10 PM|
|Chicago Cubs||+115||-135||Tampa Bay Rays||2:20 PM|
|Baltimore Orioles||OTB||OTB||Cleveland Guardians||3:05 PM|
|Oakland Athletics||+195||-235||Atlanta Braves||3:37 PM|
|San Francisco Giants||-125||+105||Pittsburgh Pirates||3:45 PM|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||-245||+205||Washington Nationals||4:10 PM|
|Miami Marlins||+100||-120||San Diego Padres||6:40 PM|
|Boston Red Sox||-175||+155||Cincinnati Reds||7:10 PM|
|New York Mets||+100||-120||Philadelphia Phillies||7:10 PM|
|Houston Astros||-175||+155||Minnesota Twins||8:10 PM|
|Seattle Mariners||-140||+120||New York Yankees||9:40 PM|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||-165||+145||Colorado Rockies||9:40 PM|