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MLB : ATS Matchup
Monday 9/24/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
-1.5  -120

+1.5  +100



HOUSTON (98 - 57) at TORONTO (71 - 85)
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Monday, 9/24/2018 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
913HOUSTON-200Ov 9,-120-185Ov 9,-120
914TORONTO+185Un 9,+100+175Un 9,+100
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games98-57-4.370-775.00.2560.3270.4150.7413.30.2170.2760.3490.625
Road Games52-22+2333-355.40.2660.3310.4400.7703.10.2170.2820.3340.616
vs Right-handed Starters61-34+2.843-475.00.2530.3230.4150.7383.30.2150.2780.3370.616
Past 7 Games5-2+1.54-25.70.2740.3470.3940.7403.90.2050.2710.3720.642
Night Games63-42-13.544-574.70.2540.3270.3990.7253.20.2150.2750.3490.624
HOUSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.00.2560.32715552201338244171830.41574154611466510071735910356
Road Games5.40.2660.33174260169113313980.4403872525732848292245723
Righty Starters5.00.2530.32395317680515261160.41545632667938604102416130
HOUSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.071.071468.71661603725013055728-22412067.2%
Road Games2.360.9772175957149166325913-825875.8%

TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games71-85-7.879-684.40.2450.3070.4140.7215.10.2640.3300.4320.762
Home Games39-39+0.233-404.50.2500.3110.4330.7444.90.2520.3200.4220.743
vs Left-handed Starters15-36-19.424-223.90.2400.3000.3970.6985.40.2620.3290.4360.765
Past 7 Games4-3+1.53-44.40.2360.2670.4210.6884.60.2280.3120.3750.687
Turf Games39-39+0.233-404.50.2500.3110.4330.7444.90.2520.3200.4220.743
Night Games42-53-7.646-434.30.2370.2990.4040.7035.20.2680.3320.4370.769
TORONTO - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.40.2450.30715652841292277141960.41466147913273999913898135115
Home Games4.50.2500.31178261665415391030.4333412306562147974476459
Lefty Starters3.90.2400.300511714411838570.3971921484431432946284446
TORONTO - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.481.3845733102855798421457632-22371768.5%
Home Games4.321.3403001541442874311531220-1019967.9%
HOUSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/10/2018VERLANDER(R)@ DETROITLIRIANO(L)3-2W-3658.5 unU571751
9/11/2018VALDEZ(L)@ DETROITZIMMERMANN(R)5-4W-1758.5 ovO780772
9/12/2018COLE(R)@ DETROITNORRIS(L)5-4W-2908 evO961571
9/14/2018KEUCHEL(L)ARIZONARAY(L)2-4L-1858 evU58010100
9/15/2018MORTON(R)ARIZONAGODLEY(R)10-4W-1708 evO12101652
9/16/2018VERLANDER(R)ARIZONAGREINKE(R)5-4W-1907.5 unO1290531
9/17/2018VALDEZ(L)SEATTLELEBLANC(L)1-4L-1608.5 ovU3309110
9/18/2018JAMES(R)SEATTLELEAKE(R)7-0W-2257.5 ovU7306101
9/19/2018KEUCHEL(L)SEATTLEFESTA(R)0-9L-1908.5 unO5601140
9/21/2018COLE(R)LA ANGELSHEANEY(L)11-3W-2358 unO1150650
9/22/2018VERLANDER(R)LA ANGELSBARRIA(R)10-5W-2657.5 ovO1272761
9/23/2018MORTON(R)LA ANGELSSKAGGS(L)6-2W-1958 evP1290451

TORONTO - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/11/2018BORUCKI(L)@ BOSTONSALE(L)2-7L2559 ovP560731
9/12/2018SANCHEZ(R)@ BOSTONPRICE(L)0-1L2159 unU460460
9/13/2018GAVIGLIO(R)@ BOSTONRODRIGUEZ(L)3-4L2109 unU771970
9/14/2018ESTRADA(R)@ NY YANKEESTANAKA(R)0-11L2409 unO710114100
9/15/2018REID-FOLEY(R)@ NY YANKEESSABATHIA(L)8-7W2009 ovO16808101
9/16/2018PANNONE(L)@ NY YANKEESLYNN(R)3-2W20010 ovU761650
9/17/2018BORUCKI(L)@ BALTIMOREPHILLIPS(R)5-0W-1359.5 evU610330
9/18/2018SANCHEZ(R)@ BALTIMOREBUNDY(R)6-4W-1109 unO942651
9/19/2018ESTRADA(R)@ BALTIMOREYACABONIS(R)1-2L-1259.5 ovU451660
9/20/2018GAVIGLIO(R)TAMPA BAYSTANEK(R)9-8W+1408.5 ovO11401181
9/21/2018REID-FOLEY(R)TAMPA BAYCASTILLO(R)3-11L+1208.5 ovO74215130
9/22/2018PANNONE(L)TAMPA BAYGLASNOW(R)5-2W+1359 unU1050791
9/23/2018BORUCKI(L)TAMPA BAYSNELL(L)2-5L+1558 unU871551
9/30/2018ESTRADA(R)@ TAMPA BAY  
HOUSTON: 2017: 101-61, first place, won World Series.
MANAGER: A.J. Hinch (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Joe Smith, RHP Hector Rondon.
SUBTRACTIONS: DH Carlos Beltran, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Mike Fiers, RHP Michael Feliz, INF Colin Moran.
OUTLOOK: With almost everyone back from last year's championship team, the Astros fully expect to contend for another title. They have a right to be confident with Altuve leading a potent lineup that includes Springer, the World Series MVP, and Correa, a young All-Star shortstop coming off his best season. Their rotation is one of the best in baseball, with Cy Young Award winners Keuchel and Verlander leading the group and new acquisition Cole and young star McCullers following that 1-2 punch. Barring debilitating injuries, the Astros should win the AL West and have an excellent chance to repeat as World Series champs.
TORONTO: 2017: 76-86, fourth place.
MANAGER: John Gibbons (sixth season of second stint, 11th overall with Blue Jays).
ADDITIONS: LHP Jaime Garcia, OF Randal Grichuk, OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Seung-hwan Oh, INF Yangervis Solarte, INF Aledmys Diaz, RHP John Axford, RHP Tyler Clippard, INF Danny Espinosa, RHP Taylor Guerrieri, INF Gift Ngoepe, LHP Sam Moll, RHP Sam Gaviglio.
SUBTRACTIONS: OF Jose Bautista, OF Ezequiel Carrera, RHP Dominic Leone, LHP Brett Anderson, INF Darwin Barney, RHP Leonel Campos, OF Darrell Ceciliani, RHP Taylor Cole, INF Ryan Goins, C Raffy Lopez, RHP Tom Koehler, RHP Dominic Leone, C Miguel Montero, INF Rob Refsnyder, OF Michael Saunders, RHP Bo Schultz, RHP Cesar Valdez.
OUTLOOK: The powerful Yankees and reigning division champion Red Sox are considered playoff favorites in the AL East, so the expectation is the Blue Jays will be left to compete for the second wild card. If Donaldson and Smoak help the offense rebound from last season's injury-induced stumble, when Toronto scored an AL-low 693 runs, and the starting pitching stays strong and healthy, the Blue Jays might be able to mount a playoff push. Health concerns remain plentiful, however. Besides Tulowitzki's troublesome heel, Travis will need scheduled downtime to rest his surgically repaired right knee. Stroman was slowed by a sore shoulder in spring training, and Sanchez will be closely monitored after making just eight starts last year because of blister issues.
Astros head north of the border hoping to clinch West

TORONTO -- The Houston Astros are close, but will still be trying to clinch the American League West when they visit the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series starting Monday night.

The Astros entered Sunday with a 3 1/2-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the division.

That will not be the only angle, however, in the series at the Rogers Centre.

There will be the return of former Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna, who was traded to the Astros July 30 near the end of a 75-day suspension imposed by Major League Baseball after he was charged with assault in May. The case has yet to be heard in court.

The Blue Jays obtained right-handed pitchers Ken Giles, David Paulino and Hector Perez. Giles, who fell out of favor in Houston and was demoted to the minors, has been a perfect 12-for-12 in save situations as Blue Jays' closer after going 12-for-12 for the Astros.

So, there are two closers going against their former teams.

Then, there is the brother angle.

Toronto's Lourdes Gurriel Jr. playing against his older brother Yuli Gurriel of the Astros. Each hit two home runs Friday night, the first time in major-league baseball that brothers both have had multi-homer games on the same day.

The Astros (98-57) will start left-hander Dallas Keuchel (11-11) in the opener at the Rogers Centre after defeating the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 on Sunday. The Blue Jays (71-85) will start right-hander Marco Estrada (7-13, 5.57) after losing 5-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday.

Keuchel and Estrada opposed each other June 27. Neither factored in the decision, a 7-6 Astros win. Keuchel allowed six runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings and is 3-0 with a 4.68 ERA in five career starts against Toronto.

Estrada gave up four runs (three earned) in five innings on June 27 and in 13 career games (seven starts) against the Astros is 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA.

The exchange of closers has worked out well for each team. While Giles has been perfect all season in save opportunities -- and not so good in non-save situations -- Osuna has been nine-for-nine in save opportunities for Houston.

Giles said he is enjoying himself more in Toronto. "I'm actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston," he told the Toronto Star. "It's kind of weird to say that because I won a World Series with that team. But it's like, I just felt trapped there. I didn't feel like myself there. Overall, I felt out of place."

"He has been perfect since he got here, and he has saved a lot of games in baseball," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "I think it's a new look for him. A new team to be with. (Houston) is in the past and he is thriving."

Yuli Gurriel, who had seven RBIs and two homers Friday against the Angels, hit a two-run homer in the first inning Sunday and was 2-for-5. He is on a nine-game hitting streak, going 16-for-37 (.432).

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was 0-for-4 with one RBI Sunday. His two home runs Friday followed a ninth-inning homer on Thursday. He became the 14th Blue Jay, and first rookie, to homer in three consecutive plate appearances.

The Astros will be trying to get right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. into a game Monday or Tuesday after his return from a right forearm strain.

"I wish we'd already clinched and had it perfectly scripted out," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday. "We have to try to win the games. If I can get him in, I'm going to try to get him in Monday or Tuesday."

McCullers worked in simulated games in Florida. "I felt good," he said. "I felt good. Over the three times I went out there, there were obviously some ups and downs, but that's just part of trying to get back into pitching shape. I was really happy with the way my body responded each time and I was extremely happy with the way I looked and felt the last time. My last outing was good, I was landing it in the zone to righties and lefties, was able to go in the zone and back foot when I wanted to."

The starter will be pitching out of the bullpen. "I've done it before so there's no reason why I can't do it again," he said. "It doesn't always work that way. There are a lot of starters you see try to make a transition to the bullpen for a limited role for the playoffs and it doesn't work out so well. I think last year because I had some success doing it, I feel confident doing it again."

Astros center fielder George Springer was given the day off Sunday because of leg and thumb injuries, but he could return to the lineup Monday.

Last Updated: 7/10/2020 8:36:10 AM EST

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