Toronto Blue Jays vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet for game two of their series in Toronto. The Blue Jays are -155 favorites over the Pirates with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Toronto Blue Jays fought back all night long but in the end they came up a run short and took the loss in Tuesday’s opener. Edwin Encarnacion had two home runs, both solo shots, Jose Bautista had a home run and three RBI’s, and Corey Patterson homered while Yunel Escobar and Eric Thames botrh had two hits as the Blue Jays had nine hits and six runs on the night. Jo-Jo Reyes had a tough noight on the hill as he allowed nine hits and six earned runs while striking out five lasting just three and two thirds innings as he took his seventh loss of the season. For game two of the series Toronto starts Brandon Morrow who has been tagged often this year but has shutouts in two of his last four starts. For the season Morrow has allowed 66 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 81 over 68 innings of work.
The Pittsburgh Pirates got off to an early lead and never trailed getting the win on Tuesday night. Alex Presley homered, had two hits and drove in three runs and Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer while Matt Diaz had three hits and Ronny Cedeno had two in a 12 hit seven run Pirates offensive effort. Starter Kevin Correia allowed five hits and four earned runs while striking out three over six innings of work to get his 10th win of the season while Joel Hanrahan was dominating in the ninth inning earning his 23rd save of the year. For Wednesday’s rematch Pittsburgh starts Paul Maholm who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Maholm has allowed 83 hits and 36 earned runs while striking out 63 over 101 innings of work.
Toronto is 3-8 in their last 11 interleague home games, 5-2 in their last seven games against a left handed starter, and 1-5 in Morrow’s last six home starts. Pittsburgh is 8-1 in their last nine game two of a series, 5-1 in their last six games overall, and 7-19 in Maholm’s last 26 road starts.
Pittsburgh seems to be a year ahead of schedule and while they aren’t all the way where they want to be, Toronto seems be treading water these days. I’ll take the Pirates plus the 135.
Pittsburgh Pirates +135 Toronto Blue Jays