Houston at Toronto MLB Odds, Preview & Pick for Thursday

Posted by Peter Boysen on July 5, 2017 in

Two American League teams will get together north of the border on Thursday, as the Houston Astros take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The Houston Astros are on the road, and they hold the best record in all of Major League Baseball. The Astros are 57-27 on the season, and hold a 16 game lead on the Angels in the American League West.

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For the Toronto Blue Jays, they are in last place in the American League East. The Blue Jays won on Tuesday to move to 38-45 on the season. The Blue Jays are 10.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the divisional race. The Houston Astros are -135 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.

Houston at Toronto MLB Odds, Preview & Pick for Thursday

When: Thursday July 6, 2017; 6:07pm CT
Where: Rogers Centre; Toronto, ON
TV: ROOTSW (Houston) / SNET (Toronto)
Radio: KBME 790 (Houston) / SN590 (Toronto)
Stream Option: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: Houston Astros -135

Why Bet on Houston Astros?

The Houston Astros are the biggest lock to make the postseason. The Astros are just blowing out the competition in the American League West. The Astros come into the series with a 30-19 road record. The Astros won their third straight on Tuesday night, blasting Atlanta on the road. In the Astros last three games, they have scored 27 runs.

The Astros lost their shortstop Carlos Correa in the win over the Braves. Correa leads the team with 58 runs batted in. George Springer has blasted 24 homeruns for the Astros, and Jose Altuve leads the team with a .326 batting average. Houston leads all of baseball with a .283 batting average.

The Astros are favorites in the MLB odds on Thursday's game.

Why Bet on Toronto Blue Jays?

The Toronto Blue Jays have been one of the biggest disappointments in all of baseball. The Blue Jays are 10 games back and are even under .500 at home. Toronto has been outscored by 45 runs on the season as well. After several years of great offense, Toronto comes into Wednesday ranking 27th in runs scored.

Justin Smoak is going to play in the All Star Game for the American League next week. Smoak has smoked 22 homeruns, while driving in 53 runs, and also leads the team with a .299 batting average. The Blue Jays pitching is in the bottom half of the league with a 4.42 earned run average, and their starters have 34 quality starts.

Betting Pick & Prediction

The Houston Astros are having an incredible 2017 season, and that’s due in large part to their great starting pitching. The Astros are sending one of their top starting pitchers to the mound in this game. Lance McCullers Jr is throwing, and seeking his 8th win of the season.

He will take on Francisco Liriano in this game. Liriano is a lefthander, who is 4-4 on the season, and holds a 5.66. Liriano has thrown 62 innings this season, and struck out 58 batters, while walking 34. In the end, Houston wins this game. The Houston Astros are the team to bet. Take the Astros -135 over the Blue Jays.