Houston Astros at Toronto Blue Jays 5/1/22 MLB Picks and Predictions

Houston Astros at Toronto Blue Jays 5/1/22 MLB Picks and Predictions Photo by Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays (14-8) vs Houston Astros (11-10)

Game Info: Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 1:37 pm (Rogers Centre)

Kevin Gausman (1-1) (2.19) vs Framber Valdez (1-1) (3.15)

Betting Odds: Toronto Blue Jays -150 / Houston Astros +130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros face the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, May 1st, 2022 at Rogers Centre for game three of a three-game series.

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Houston Astros by the final score of 2-1 on Saturday to even up the series at 1-1. The rubber match will take place on Sunday between these two, with the Blue Jays leading the season series 3-2. The Blue Jays' offense was led entirely by George Springer on Saturday, as he hit two solo home runs in his first two at-bats of the game. The Astros would find a run in the 4th off of a Yordan Alvares bomb, but the game would remain scoreless from the 5th inning on. The Blue Jays improved to 14-8 this season and they are still 1.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East standings. The Astros fall to only one game above .500 at 11-10, and now they are tied with the Mariners for 2nd place in the AL West. 

The Houston Astros are projected to bring left-hander Framber Valdez to the mound to face the Blue Jays. Valdez is 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP through his first 20.0 innings of work with the Astros. Valdez has had issues with walking batters this season, as he has conceded 12 walks already in 2022. Valdez will look to lower that 1.40 WHIP in the next few starts. 

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The Toronto Blue Jays are set to bring right-hander Kevin Gausman to the bump for game three of this series. Unlike Valdez, Gausman has not had any issues with free passes this year, as in fact, Gausman has not surrendered a walk in his first 24.2 innings of work this season. Gausman overall is 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in his first year with his new club. 

With Gausman pitching the way he has, I have to take Toronto on the moneyline here. I think the Blue Jays can get to Valdez early in this one and I think they can take advantage of the number of baserunners Valdez is allowing. 

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Ronald’s Pick Toronto Blue Jays -150

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