Toronto (16-17) at San Francisco (17-16)
When: Monday, May 9th 2016
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Time: 10:15 ET | TV: Sportsnet, CSN Bay Area
Two struggling offenses will meet Monday night in San Francisco as the Giants host the Toronto Blue Jays to being a three-game set. The Blue Jays are coming off a series loss at home to the Giants rival – the Dodgers. Toronto dropped the last two over the weekend and scored just two runs in each game after a 5-2 victory on Friday night. Toronto was held to three runs or fewer for the 15th time, dropping to 2-13 in such games following Sunday’s 4-2 setback. Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson, the reigning American League MVP, is mired in a 2-for-27 slump and Jose Bautista went just 2-for-16 over the weekend. One guy who’s not cold is Kevin Pillar. The centerfielder is 7-for-17 with a homer, four doubles and six RBIs during a four-game hitting streak. The Giants offense was even worse over the weekend scoring just two runs combined the last two games against the Rockies including a 2-0 loss on Sunday. San Francisco split their four games with Colorado and sit in a virtual tie with the Dodgers in the N.L. West. Hunter Pence went 6-for-12 with a pair of three-hit performances versus the Rockies and Brandon Belt is riding a seven-game hitting streak and has reached base in 16 straight contests.
Pitchers: Blue Jays – Aaron Sanchez (2-1, 2.82 ERA) | Giants – Jake Peavy (1-3, 9.00)
Aaron Sanchez starts for Toronto and worked seven innings for the fourth time in six starts last time out against Texas, giving up three runs and seven hits in a no-decision. His previous start against Tampa Bay was even better when he shutout the Rays on six hits over seven innings to earn the victory. Sanchez has never has faced San Francisco, but he has been sensational on the road with a 2-0 record and microscopic 0.86 ERA in three starts.
Jake Peavy is going in the opposite direction after he was drilled for the second straight time as he surrendered four home runs and was hit for seven runs on eight hits over six innings in a loss at Cincinnati. He lasted only 2+ innings in his previous start as he was pounded for six runs on four hits and a season-high five walks in a 13-1 loss to the New York Mets. He’s fared OK in his career against Toronto with a 3-2 record and 3.64 ERA over eight starts.
A team like Toronto won’t stay down for long. Getting away from home and facing Jake Peavy might be the perfect remedy. I think the Jays come out hitting early tonight and knock Peavy out by the 5th inning. Sanchez has been terrific on the road and I see another solid outing. It’s a road favorite, but I have to take it.
Pick: Jays -120