Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros Prediction | April 3/24 MLB Picks

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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Houston Astros
Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 8:10 ET
Location: Minute Maid Park
Money Line: Blue Jays +122/Astros -146
Total Line: 9

Betting Preview

Here’s our betting preview for the upcoming MLB clash between the Houston Astros and the Blue Jays on Wednesday, April 3rd at Minute Maid Park. We provide you with a comprehensive analysis, odds, and predictions to help with your handicapping decision or tail our expert based on the projected lineups and listed starting pitchers.

Betting Odds

ML RL Total
TOR +122 +1.5 O 9 (-101)
HOU -146 -1.5 U 9 (-119)

At 8:10 PM ET in Houston, the Astros are set to take on the Blue Jays in an AL matchup. The pitching matchup features Chris Bassitt for the Blue Jays against Cristian Javier for the Astros. The Astros are favored in this one, with a money line payout of -146 compared to the Blue Jays’ +122.

Looking at the over/under line, oddsmakers have it set at 9 runs. The payout for the over is -101, while the under is sitting at -119. If you’re looking to watch this one, it’s being broadcast on MLBN.

Blue Jays vs. Astros Projected Lineup

Batting Order Position
George Springer 1 RF
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 2 1B
Bo Bichette 3 SS
Justin Turner 4 DH
Daulton Varsho 5 LF
Alejandro Kirk 6 C
Kevin Kiermaier 7 CF
Isiah Kiner-Falefa 8 3B
Cavan Biggio 9 2B
Chris Bassitt SP

Batting Order Position
Jose Altuve 1 2B
Yordan Alvarez 2 LF
Kyle Tucker 3 RF
Alex Bregman 4 3B
Yainer Diaz 5 DH
José Abreu 6 1B
Jeremy Peña 7 SS
Mauricio Dubón 8 CF
Victor Caratini 9 C
Cristian Javier SP

Straight Up/Over-Under/ Runline Record

Toronto Blue Jays: 3-3 SU / OU 4-2 / Runline 3-3
Houston Astros: 1-5 SU / OU 1-4 / Runline 1-5

The last game of this Astros vs. Blue Jays series was a pitcher’s duel, as both teams finished with just one run and eight hits apiece. Toronto came out on top, though, thanks to a two-run home run by Davis Schneider in the 9th inning. Heading into the game, the Astros were the favorite at -154.

Both Jose Berrios and Framber Valdez had quality starts, but it was Chad Green who got the win out of the bullpen for the Blue Jays. Berrios went six innings and gave up just one earned run, while Valdez didn’t give up a run in his 7 2/3 innings of work. Josh Hader took the loss for Houston.

Justin Turner had a big day at the plate for the Blue Jays, going 3/3 with two doubles. Jose Altuve’s only hit was a home run, and he was the only Astros player to score a run. Yainer Diaz also went 2/3 but didn’t drive in a run.

Pitching Matchup

Chris Bassitt will take the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays as they face the Houston Astros on the road. In his first start of the season, Bassitt went five innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits. He’ll look to bounce back against a tough Astros lineup.

Cristian Javier will be taking the mound for the Houston Astros as they face off against the Toronto Blue Jays at home. In his first start of the season, Javier went six strong innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while not giving up any runs. He’ll look to build off that performance in his second start of the year.

Blue Jays vs. Astros Offense Outlook

When looking at the Blue Jays’ offensive projections today, our model has Bo Bichette as the player with the best chance to have a big day at the plate. Bichette has the best overall hits projection on the team and his total is 7th best in the league today. If you’re looking for a Blue Jays player to hit a home run, our model likes Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as he has the best odds on the team and the 11th best odds in the league today.

If you are looking at some player props for the Astros, Yordan Alvarez is our top projected hitter in terms of total bases. His home run projection is 7th best in the league today. Jose Altuve has the 18th-best hits projection in the league and is 12th in terms of home run projections. Yainer Diaz has the 9th best home run projection in the league today.

Free Blue Jays vs. Astros MLB Pick

Our prediction for this Blue Jays vs. Astros matchup is for the Astros to pick up a 6-5 win at home. Given that they are at -146 to win on the money line, this is the best way to play this one.

Looking at the starting pitchers, Chris Bassitt is projected to finish with five strikeouts compared to Cristian Javier with six. However, Javier is projected to finish with a higher ERA, and we have him ending the game with an ERA of 4.00.

Offensively, the Blue Jays are predicted to finish with 10 hits compared to the Astros with nine. However, the Blue Jays are projected to finish with 7 K’s compared to the Astros with 6.

If you’re looking for a potential parlay, you could look to pair the Astros with the over, as the line is sitting at 9 runs, and we have this one finishing with 11 runs.

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