Blue Jays vs Rockies Prediction - MLB Picks 9/2/23

Colorado Rockies (49-85) vs Toronto Blue Jays (74-61)

Game Info: Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 8:10 pm (Coors Field)

Ty Blach (1-1) (3.94) vs Yusei Kikuchi (9-4) (3.63)

Betting Odds: Colorado Rockies +160 / Toronto Blue Jays -192 --- Over/Under: 12 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Blue Jays will play the Colorado Rockies in Game 2 of their series on Saturday night at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Toronto won the first game in this series by a score of 13-9 on Friday night and they are in the middle of the AL Wild Card race. 

Blue Jays Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays are 74-61 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Prior to their win in Game 1, Toronto won two out of three games against the Nationals at home. The Blue Jays have scored 6+ runs in five of their last six games. The Toronto pitching staff has a 3.71 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a .239 opponent batting average this season. The Blue Jays offense has scored 616 runs with a .260 batting average and a .330 on base percentage. Bo Bichette is batting .314 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI’s for the Blue Jays. The projected starting pitcher for Toronto is Yusei Kikuchi, who is 9-4 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 139 innings pitched this year. 

Rockies Preview

The Colorado Rockies are 49-85 this season and they have lost 10 of their last 11 games. Colorado came into this series after being swept by the Braves, where they were outscored by a total of 24-8. The Rockies have been really bad this season and they have one of the worst records in all of baseball. The Colorado pitching staff has a 5.59 ERA, a 1.52 WHIP, and a .285 opponent batting average. The Rockies offense has scored 588 runs with a .248 batting average and a .309 on base percentage this year. Ryan McMahon is batting .251 with 22 home runs and 68 RBI’s for the Rockies. The projected starting pitcher for Colorado is Ty Blach, who is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP over 48 innings pitched this season.

Colorado Rockies Team Facts

  • The Rockies have lost 14 of their last 15 games against teams that held a winning record.
  • The favorites have covered the run line in each of the last six games between the Blue Jays and Rockies.
  • The Rockies have led after 3 innings in each of their last four games against the Blue Jays.
  • The Rockies have led after 5 innings in four of their last five games as underdogs against AL East opponents.
  • The Rockies have trailed after 7 innings in each of their last five games at Coors Field against opponents that held a winning record.

Toronto Blue Jays Team Facts

  • The Blue Jays have lost three of their last four games as favorites following a road win.
  • The Blue Jays have covered the run line in each of their last 11 road games against NL West opponents following a road win.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Blue Jays' last three games as road favorites.

Colorado Rockies Player Prop Facts

  • Charlie Blackmon has hit a home run in two of the Rockies' last three home games against AL opponents.
  • Elias Diaz has recorded at least one RBI in seven of his last eight appearances with the Rockies as underdogs against AL opponents.
  • Ryan McMahon has scored at least one run in each of the Rockies' last four games against AL opponents at Coors Field.
  • Ryan McMahon has recorded at least one hit in each of the Rockies' last six home games against AL opponents.
  • Ryan McMahon has recorded at least one total base in each of the Rockies' last six games against AL opponents at Coors Field.

Toronto Blue Jays Player Prop Facts

  • Daulton Varsho has hit a home run in four of his last 12 road appearances against the Rockies.
  • George Springer has recorded two or more hits in each of his last three appearances with the Blue Jays as road favorites against NL opponents.
  • Whit Merrifield has recorded at least one RBI in each of his five previous appearances against the Rockies after playing the previous day.
  • Yusei Kikuchi has recorded six or more strikeouts in each of his last four appearances.
  • Whit Merrifield has scored at least one run in each of his five previous appearances against the Rockies after playing the previous day.
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has recorded two total bases in each of the Blue Jays' last five road games against opponents that held a losing record.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Colorado Rockies ranks 30th in the league for hits allowed this season (1311).
  • The Colorado Rockies ranks 29th in the league for steals this season (51).
  • The Toronto Blue Jays ranks 4th in the league for hits this season (1206).
  • The Toronto Blue Jays are one of only 4 teams in the league to rank top 10 in both strikeouts and on-base percentage this season.

Pick

The Blue Jays are currently outside of an AL Wild Card spot, but they should be able to take all three games in this series against the lowly Rockies. Colorado only has a hand full of wins in the last few weeks and their pitching staff has been awful. The Rockies are starting Ty Blach, who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in four straight starts. The Blue Jays are starting Yusei Kikuchi, who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven of his last eight starts. I like the Blue Jays -1.5 in this game. 

David’s Pick Blue Jays -1.5

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