The Houston Astros host the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday in the final game of a three-game series. The Astros won the first two games of the series. The Blue Jays come in with a record of 25-45 while the Astros are 48-23. Right-hander Trent Thornton (1-5) gets the start for the Blue Jays Sunday while right-hander Brad Peacock (6-3) is slated to get the start for the Astros. Game time is 2:10 p.m. Eastern at the Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Blue Jays are struggling
The Toronto Blue Jays really have their work cut out for them here. They are one of the flat out worst teams in baseball and they are facing one of the best. That gap was on full display in game 1 of the series as the Astros destroyed the Jays 15-2. Aaron Sanchez (3-8) got pummeled for 8 runs in 3 innings. The only runs the Blue Jays got were produced by Cavan Biggio, the son of Astros hall of famer Craig Biggio, who had an RBI double. The Blue Jays followed that up with a 7-2 loss in game 2 of the series on Saturday to fall to 25-45, 17 games out of first place.
The Blue Jays just aren’t very good at baseball. They average just 3.8 runs per game, which is 27th in the MLB. They have a team batting average of .221 which is dead last in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .380, which is 28th. Lourdes Gurriel leads the Jays batting .279 with 6 HRs and 19 RBIs while Eric Sogard is hitting .276 with 6 HRs and 16 RBIs. Freddie Galvis is batting .243 with 9 HRs and 27 RBIs while Randal Grichuk is hitting .218 with 12 HRs and 26 RBIs. Justin Smoak is hitting .225 with 12 HRs and 34 RBIs while Rowdy Tellez is hitting .229 with 10 HRs and 29 RBIs. Rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr, is batting .268 with 7 HRs and 19 RBIs.
The Blue Jays have a team ERA of 4.74, which is 21st in the MLB. They have a WHIP at 1.43, which is 25th in the league. Trent Thornton gets the start for Toronto Sunday. The right-hander is 1-5 with an ERA of 4.78. He gave up 3 runs in 5 innings in his last outing.
Astros don’t miss a beat
The Houston Astros are just running away with the AL West. They beat up on the Blue Jays Friday by the score of 15-2. The Astros bombed 4 home runs off the Blue Jays, including blasts by Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Robinson Chirinos, and Tony Kemp. The Astros have been without their two best players in George Springer and Jose Altuve, but it doesn’t seem to matter as whoever is next man up seems to fill in without missing a beat. Chirinos is that next man up as he had 6 RBIs including a grand slam. Gerrit Cole got the win, allowing just 2 runs in 6 innings. The Astros won game 2 of the series 7-2 on Saturday to
The Houston offense just rolls along no matter who is in our out of the lineup. They average 5.3 runs per game, which is 6th in the league. They bat .266 as a team, which is 2nd in the Majors, and have a slugging percentage of .473 which is 2nd. They are 4th in homers. Josh Reddick is among the leaders for the Astros with an average of .300 with 8 HRs and 25 RBIs. Michael Brantley is hitting .313 with 10 HRs and 39 RBIs, while Alex Bregman is hitting .272 with 19 HRs and 47 RBIs. Also, Chirinos is batting .243 with 12 HRs and 38 RBIs, while Alvarez is hitting .385 with 4 HRs in just 4 games. George Springer (.313 with 17 HRs and 42 RBIs), Carlos Correa (.291 with 11 HRs and 33 RBIs), and Jose Altuve (243 with 9 HRs and 21 RBIs) are all on the IL.
The Astros pitching has been excellent. They have a team ERA of 3.50, which is 3rd in the Majors. They have a WHIP of 1.07, which is 1st in the league. Brad Peacock gets the start for Houston. The right-hander is 6-3on the year with an ERA of 3.42.
- Astros are 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games.
- Astros are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series.
- Astros are 4-0 in Peacock’s last 4 home starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Astros are 5-0 in Peacock’s last 5 home starts.
- Astros are 4-1 in Peacock’s last 5 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Astros are 4-1 in Peacock’s last 5 starts vs. American League East.
- Blue Jays are 4-9 in their last 13 Sunday games.
- Blue Jays are 2-5 in their last 7 games on grass.
- Blue Jays are 2-6 in their last 8 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Blue Jays are 2-8 in their last 10 road games
- Blue Jays are 2-10 in their last 12 during game 3 of a series.
- Blue Jays are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. American League West.
- Blue Jays are 1-5 in Thornton’s last 6 starts vs. a team with a winning record.