Toronto (60-47) at Houston (56-50)
When: Wednesday, August 3rd 2016
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Time: 8:10 ET | TV: ROOT Southwest
After splitting a pair of 2-1 games, the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros will continue their four-game series on Wednesday night in Houston. The Astros took the opener in 14 innings, but Toronto came back with two solo-homers from Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. The homerun by Bautista was his 300th for his career. Both clubs are in a heated playoff race with the Blue Jays a game behind Baltimore in the AL East and a one game lead over Boston in the Wild Card. Houston trails Boston by 2.5 games for the final spot and are 5.5 games back of Texas in the AL West. Troy Tulowitzki suffered a chip fracture in his right thumb Sunday and manager John Gibbons said Tulowitzki might return to the lineup for tonight’s game. The Blue Jays are just one of two teams (Cleveland) that are over .500 on the road (28-23).
Pitchers: Blue Jays – Marco Estrada (6-4, 3.02 ERA) | Astros – Collin McHugh (7-7, 4.75)
Marco Estrada broke a four-start winless streak by notching a victory over Baltimore on Friday despite giving up four runs (three earned) and five hits over six innings. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 11 straight starts and 16 of 18 overall, but hasn’t pitched more than seven innings since June 5th. Estrada is 1-0 with a 3.13 ERA in 10 career appearances (four starts) against Houston.
Colin McHugh was roughed up in his last outing by the Tigers and only lasted 1.2 innings giving up eight runs and 10 hits. In his two previous starts, McHugh only allowed two runs and struck out 16 in 12 innings. McHugh is 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in three career starts against the Blue Jays.
I think McHugh bounces back strong from his poor outing on Friday and keeps the Blue Jays bats at bay. Houston’s bats have been very quiet, but I think they score enough against Estrada to get the job done. A small play on the under might be in order as well.
Pick: Astros -115