Toronto is Feeling Blue
Blue Jays fans are starting to get nervous after their team put together a disastrous 3-6 road trip against American League East rivals Baltimore, Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees. Toronto gave back a ton of value after being favored in eight of those nine games. Things don’t get any easier back home as the Jays host the Boston Red Sox in a three-game series that could have major playoff implications. Toronto is 7-6 SU and 5-8 O/U in 13 meetings with Boston this season.
Rockie Results in San Diego
The Colorado Rockies may be top dogs when it comes to scoring runs at Coors Field, but they’ve struggled mightily at Petco Park this season. The Rockies open a four-game series against the host San Diego Padres looking to build on a 10-run outburst in their previous game there. Things were far worse in their first five contests at Petco this season, as they scored just nine combined runs. The teams have played to the Under in four of the six games in San Diego.
The Arizona Diamondbacks could do no wrong against the San Francisco Giants in April – but things have gone far worse since then as the teams prepare to face off in a three-game set at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks went into California and swept the Giants in a four-game series April 18-21, but have dropped 10 of 12 meetings since; they’ve scored more than four runs just once in that span. Arizona is a +170 ‘dog in Friday’s series opener, matched up against Giants ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
WAG of the Week
Blue Jays’ outfielder Kevin Pillar’s wife Amanda.
* The Baltimore Orioles can’t afford to be without slugger Chris Davis, who missed Wednesday’s action with a sore left hand and is questionable for Friday. The Orioles are 1-4 SU for -$317 and 1-4 O/U in the five games Davis has sat out so far this season.
* The New York Mets haven’t missed a beat despite losing second baseman Neil Walker to a season-ending back injury in late August. The Mets have gone on an 8-3 tear since Walker was injured, picking up 338 units while going 3-8 O/U over that span.
* The Minnesota Twins have played to the Over in eight straight games – and while bad pitching is a factor, so, too is the dynamic duo of Byron Buxton and Brian Dozier. The two have combined for 11 home runs and 21 RBIs over the past seven days.
* The Giants can’t pin their recent offensive woes on one player, but if they could, Angel Pagan is a solid candidate. Pagan has been positively dreadful over the past seven days, going 1-for-25 with a walk; that has coincided with San Francisco playing to the Under six straight times.
* The best Under pitcher in the majors is back in action as Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw returns Friday following a lengthy absence due to a herniated disk in his back. Kershaw has hit the Win/Under parlay a whopping 11 times in his 16 starts so far this season.
* On the other end of the spectrum is Twins rookie starter Jose Berrios, who is still looking for his first Under performance in the majors. Berrios has been part of eight Overs and a pair of pushes in 10 career starts; he has allowed four or more earned runs in six of them.
Runs are coming fast and furious in September, with teams converting the Over in 57.8 percent of games over the last seven days entering Thursday’s action.