Blue Jays vs Astros Prediction - MLB Picks 4/17/23

Houston Astros (7-8) vs Toronto Blue Jays (10-5)

Game Info: Monday, April 17, 2023 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Cristian Javier (1-0) (4.24) vs Kevin Gausman (1-1) (1.35)

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

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The Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros face off on Monday in an MLB showdown at Minute Maid Park. 

Blue Jays Betting Preview

The Blue Jays sit with a 10-6 record overall and they were able to win two of the three games over the weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays. On Sunday though the Blue Jays really struggled giving up eight runs, and they lost by seven. The Blue Jays are averaging 5.0 runs per game which is 11th best in the league. On the mound for the Blue Jays is Kevin Gausman who sits with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 1.35. In his last start against the Detroit TIgers he went eight innings and gave up three runs. 

Astros Betting Preview

Heading into Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers, the Astros had a disappointing 7-8 record. On Saturday the Astros scored eight runs and that was enough to secure the six run victory. The Astros pitching and offense are both ranked in the top ten, they have just had issues closing out games. On the mound for the Astros will be Cristian Javier who sits with a 1-0 record and an ERA of 4.24. In his last start against the Pittsburgh Pirates he went six innings giving up five hits and four runs. 

Blue Jays vs Astros Trends

Blue Jays are 7-0 in Gausmans last 7 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance. Astros are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. American League East. Astros are 5-0 in Javiers last 5 starts following a team loss in their previous game. Astros are 4-0 in Javiers last 4 home starts vs. a team with a winning record. Astros are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.

Shane’s Free Pick

The Blue Jays are going to get the job done. Kevin Gausman has been strong this season sitting with an ERA of 1.35 and he’s going to lockdown in this game. The Astros have had issues winning games and it’s going to be an issue again in this game. The Astros bats are going to lead to the Blue Jays getting the job done. Back the Blue Jays on the money line. 

Shane’s Pick Blue Jays ML

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