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#980 Toronto Blue Jays 8.5
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 4:07pm EDT
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Toronto Blue Jays will host the San Francisco Giants in an interleague clash Wednesday afternoon from the Rogers Centre. The Giants will hand the ball to 30-year old left-hander Drew Pomeranz, and 34-year old right-hander Clay Buchholz will take the mound for the Blue Jays. This is the first series between these two clubs since the 2016 season, and the Giants won Tuesday’s series opener by a 7-6 score.

Pomeranz Targets First Win of Season

Drew Pomeranz will make his fifth start of the season, seeking his first victory as a member of the Giants. Pomeranz wasn’t sharp in his latest effort, conceding four runs in 4.2 innings against the Nationals, leading to the defeat to drop his record to 0-2. The 6-foot-6 left-hander pitched well in each of his first three starts, and he is carrying a 4.82 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP in 18.2 innings on the year. Pomeranz squandered five runs in 8.2 innings against Toronto last season, and he is 3-2 with a 4.26 ERA in 38 career innings against the Blue Jays. Teoscar Hernandez is 3 for 6 against Pomeranz, while Brandon Drury is 0 for 3, and Justin Smoak is 6 for 14. 

Evan Longoria is showing signs of heating up at the plate after a very slow start, collecting three RBI’s in his last six games, and he has collected at least one base hit in 10 out of his last 11 games. The 33-year old third baseman is hitting a weak .220 with two homers and six RBI’s on the season. Longoria owns a .285 average with 104 RBI’s in 171 career games against the Blue Jays.

The Giants are scoring an average of only 2.91 runs per game on the season, ranking them down at 29th in the big leagues. The San Francisco pitching staff features an excellent 3.22 team ERA, placing them third in Majors. The Giants own a 4-9 road record.

Buchholz Aims for First Win in Blue Jays Uniform

Clay Buchholz will get the nod for the third time of the season, aiming for his first victory. Buchholz squandered three runs in 4.2 innings in Minnesota in his previous start, resulting in a no-decision in a 7-4 Blue Jays’ victory. The 12-year veteran right-hander limited the Rays to one run in six innings in his only other start this season. Buchholz shut down the Giants in 2018, holding them to only four runs in 19 innings, and he stands at 1-0 with a stifling 1.80 ERA in four career meetings. Brandon Belt is 0 for 2 against Buchholz, while Kevin Pillar is 6 for 18, and Brandon Crawford is 2 for 9.

Freddy Galvis continues to be an offensive catalyst in the #2 spot in the batting order, recording six base hits in his last five games, and he features a .308 average on the month. The seven-year veteran shortstop is hitting a solid .315 with five home runs and 12 RBI’s on the season. Galvis was productive against the Giants last season, posting a .297 average with six RBI’s in 74 at bats. He is questionable for Tuesday’s series opener with a leg injury.

The Blue Jays are in a groove at the plate, and they are averaging 4.13 runs on the year, ranking them 22nd overall. The Toronto pitching staff is carrying a solid 3.34 team ERA, positioning them sixth in the Major Leagues. The Blue Jays hold a 4-6 home record heading into Tuesday’s action.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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I am siding with the Blue Jays in this one. The Blue Jays are red-hot, winning four straight and six out of their last seven games heading into Tuesday’s action which included a three-game sweep in Oakland this past weekend.

Furthermore, the Giants are struggling to score runs, and they currently stand second last in the Major Leagues with 2.91 runs per game. The Giants have plated three or fewer runs in four consecutive games heading into Tuesday, and they have dropped four out of their last five games as a result.

Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays

Full-Game Total Pick

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I am opting with the over in this contest. This matchup features two hittable starting pitchers on the mound. Giants’ starter Drew Pomeranz holds a 4.82 ERA, and I expect a hot Blue Jays lineup to put some crooked numbers on the board, plus the over is 4-1 in their last five interleague games against a left-handed starter.

Moreover, Blue Jays’ starter Clay Buchholz squandered three runs in 4.2 innings in Minnesota in his latest start, so I anticipate a few runs from the Giants, plus the over is 8-3 in the Giants’ last 11 games in the second game of a series.

Prediction: Over

Full-Game Prop Bet

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The Blue Jays should continue to their scoring barrage in this matchup. Toronto has scored at least five runs in seven out of their last eight games. Drew Pomeranz posted an abysmal 6.08 ERA last season, and he has squandered 22 hits in his 18.1 innings of work this season.

Prediction: Blue Jays Team Total Over

First Five Innings Side Pick

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I am sticking with Toronto on the five-inning line. The Giants are especially struggling to push across runs early in games. They have only scored a combined 13 runs through innings 1-3 on the season. Also, Toronto’s highest-scoring inning occurs in the fourth where they have scored 22 runs.

Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays

Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about about various sports as well as personal finance. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.