This Friday, there is an American League matchup between the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays. These teams will face off at about 7:07 PM. This is game one of a three-game series, which will take place at the Rogers Centre.
Astros Continue Competing For Home-Field Advantage
The Houston Astros enter this game with a playoff spot virtually locked up. Specifically, the Astros are well ahead of the other four teams in the AL West division and should be looking to wrap up that title over the next few weeks. However, Houston is still in a serious battle for best record in the American League. The Astros are actually trailing the Yankees by one game for home-field advantage in the American League during the playoffs. The main reason for the team’s success has been the team’s amazing starting rotation. Specifically, Houston currently has a 3.64 ERA from its starters which is the fourth-lowest ERA in the league. If the Astros plan on winning this game, expect another quality performance from their starter on Friday.
The Astros have won six of their last seven games and they have gone 21-9 in their last 30 games which is tied for the best record in baseball during that span. Yesterday, they scored eight runs but lost to the Rays at home. Leading their attack was George Springer who had a solo home run in the third inning. This loss was pretty surprising as Houston has been amazing at home this season. Specifically, the Astros are 51-17 at home.
Pitching for the Astros in this game will be Wade Miley and he has gone 13-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 27 starts on the year, including a 6-3 record with a 3.97 ERA in 15 starts on the road. Righties are hitting .247 off of him this year, while lefties are hitting .189. He has also been great since the All-Star Break as he has a 6-0 record and a 2.84 ERA.
The Astros have been solid on offense so far as they come into this game ranked 4th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.57 runs per game, while also ranking 3rd in the league with 9.51 hits per game. On the mound, they have been solid as well as they come in ranked 4th in the league in ERA at 3.71. The bullpen for the Astros also ranks 3rd in the league with a 3.75 ERA.
Toronto Looks To Get Rare Win Against Elite Opponent
The Toronto Blue Jays have been unofficially eliminated from playoff contention in the American League. However, despite having a 54-81 record, the Blue Jays are safe from finishing in last place in the AL East division as the Orioles are nine games behind them for fourth place. The main reason for Toronto’s struggles has been its inability to beat quality opponents. Specifically, the Blue Jays are just 27-45 against teams with winning records which is the ninth-worst record in the league. Now, the Blue Jays have a chance to improve upon that record as they face off against one of the best teams in the American League on Friday. So far this season, the Blue Jays are 1-2 against the Astros with their last meeting coming in June.
The Blue Jays have lost eight of their last ten games and they have gone 15-15 in their last 30 games. On Wednesday, the Blue Jays scored four runs and lost to the Braves at home. Leading their attack was Randal Grichuk had an RBI double in the fifth inning. This loss was not surprising for the Blue Jays as they have been awful at home this season. Specifically, the Blue Jays are just 26-40 at the Rogers Centre which is the fifth-worst home record in the leag
Pitching for the Blue Jays in this game will be Trent Thornton and he has gone 4-8 with a 5.34 ERA in 26 starts this season, including a 1-5 record with 5.75 ERA in 11 appearances at home. Righties are hitting .285 off of him this year, while lefties are hitting .267. He has also been awful since the All-Star break as he has a 6.90 ERA.
The Blue Jays have been below average on offense so far as they come into this game ranked 23rd in the league in scoring, putting up 4.46 runs per game, while also recording 8.04 hits per game which is the fewest in the league. On the mound, they have also been below average as they come into this game ranked 20th in the league in ERA at 4.73. Meanwhile, the bullpen for the Blue Jays ranks 13th in the league with a 4.34 ERA.
- Blue Jays are 0-6 in Thornton’s last 6 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Blue Jays are 0-4 in Thornton’s last 4 starts.
- Astros are 6-0 in Miley’s last 6 starts with 5 days of rest.
- Astros are 5-0 in Miley’s last 5 Friday starts.
- Astros are 5-1 in Miley’s last 6 road starts.