Houston (61-56) at Toronto (66-51)
When: Sunday, August 14th 2016
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Time: 1:05 ET | TV: ROOT SW
The Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays will play the rubber-match of their weekend series on Sunday afternoon with both teams still firmly in the playoff hunt. The Blue Jays broke Houston’s four-game winning streak on Saturday with a 4-2 victory. Russell Martin’s three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth erased a 2-1 deficit and proved to be the game-winner. It was Martin’s ninth homer of the season. Josh Donaldson launched his 28th homer in the first after Houston took an early 2-0 lead. Jose Altuve had two more hits for Houston to raise his league-leading average to .365. The loss dropped the Astros to 2.5 games behind the Red Sox for the final Wild Card spot, while Toronto tied the Orioles for first place in the AL East standings.
Pitchers: Astros – Mike Fiers (8-5, 4.46 ERA) | Blue Jays – Marcus Stroman (8-5, 4.76 ERA)
Mike Fiers is coming off a very shaky outing last time out against Minnesota in which he surrendered three homeruns, but managed to come away with a 7-5 victory. Fiers has been very poor on the road posting a 5.96 ERA in ten starts. His K/BB ratio on the road is 32/15 while at home it’s a very respectable 57/13. Fiers allowed two runs in six innings while striking out seven when he faced the Blue Jays two weeks ago. He took the 4-1 loss.
Marcus Stroman lost his first decision in seven starts last time out against Kansas City when he lasted only five innings. Stroman has been inconsistent the last month or so following up solid outings with sub-par ones. He struck out 13 Astros on August 1st while pitching seven strong innings in a 7-1 romp.
The Blue Jays got a much-needed win yesterday after dropping four of six. Stroman definitely has the advantage in this matchup today. Fiers has been horrible on the road and I think the Jays’ bats will feast on him.
Pick: Blue Jays -1.5 +135