Houston Astros vs Toronto Blue Jays 4-30-22

Houston Astros vs Toronto Blue Jays 4/30/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Houston Astros vs Toronto Blue Jays 4/30/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Houston Astros (11-9) are all geared up to take on the Toronto Blue Jays (13-8) in the 2nd match of the AL Inter-Division face-off at Rogers Center in Toronto on Saturday at 3:07 PM ET. Houston aims for a back-to-back win over the Toronto Blue Jays after an 11-7 victory.

 

The Astros just won a four-game set versus the Rangers at 3-1 before this match-up. Houston tied with Seattle in 2nd place at 11-9 in the American League West Division with a .550 team percentage and 2.5 games behind first place.

 

The team made 79 runs while conceding 81 for a -2 run difference this season. DH Yordan Alvarez sparked the offense for the Astros with three runs scored on three base hits with one free base and three RBIs in the win. Starter José Urquidy finished 5.0 innings with 7 hits, 4 earned runs, and one walk allowed but outran 6 hitters.

 

Starting Pitcher Justin Verlander led Houston pitching staff with a 1.73 ERA and 28 strikeouts while leading his team in two victories this year.

 

The Astros earned a team ERA of 3.48 ranked 13th in baseball and their pitching staff struck out a total of 153 batters while granting 61 bases on balls with FIP at 3.78 this season.

 

Pitcher Luis Garcia will get the ball and start for Houston in the second contest of the series versus Toronto on Saturday afternoon. The left-handed thrower marked a 1-0 record with a 4.60 ERA and a WHIP of 0.96 while striking out 14 batters this 2022 season.

 

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Houston Astros vs Toronto Blue Jays Predictions 4/30/2022

 

The Toronto Blue Jays will take a homestand against the visiting Houston team and the Jays will try to bounce back after losing game 1 of a series on Friday.

 

Toronto is in 2nd place at 13-8 in the American League East Division with a team percentage at .619 and one contest behind first place after gaining 87 runs while granting 88 for a run difference of -1 on the year.

 

Third Baseman Matt Chapman earned a two-run score on two hits with two RBIs in leading the Blue Jays while starter Yusei Kikuchi gave up 4 hits, 4 earned runs, and 3 bases on balls with 4 strikeouts in pitching for 2.2 innings in the losing effort.

 

Pitcher Alek Manoah marked an ERA of 1.44 with 25 strikeouts in leading Toronto in 4 wins while starter Kevin Gausman struck out 31 hitters with a 2.19 ERA in winning one game for the Jays. Toronto’s pitching staff ranked 25th in the league after allowing 158 hits with a team WHIP of 1.162 and owned a FIP of 3.29 on the season.

 

The Blue Jays’ staff yielded 77 runs with a team ERA of 3.54 this year. Toronto will appoint right-hander Jose Berrios to take his post on the mound to start versus Houston in the second match of a series on Saturday. Berrios is 1-0 with 4.91 ERA and 1.58 WHIP while striking out 15 batters in his career starts this season.                

 

Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays. The MLB Pick for this contest is Toronto -130. The Blue Jays will take their revenge at their home field on Saturday against the Astros who will be missing one key player in 2B Jose Altuve (hamstring).

 

In 20 games played, Houston ranked 19th in OPS and 22nd in runs scored while Toronto ranked 10th in OPS and 12th in runs scored. Prediction: The Toronto Blue Jays will win to a score of 5-4.    

 

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Houston Astros vs Toronto Blue Jays 4/30/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 3:07 PM ET

 

Location: Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario

 

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022

 

TV: ATSW, Sportsnet    

 

MLB Odds/Point Spread: Toronto Blue Jays -130                 

 

MLB Totals: 9.5

 

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