Toronto Blue Jays vs. San Francisco Giants
The Toronto Blue Jays and the San Francisco Giants face off on Tuesday in Toronto for game one of their interleague series. The Blue Jays are -135 favorites over the Giants with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Toronto Blue Jays have won two games in a row heading into this series but that has been the highlight of their season thus far as it has been a series of disappointments. The Blue Jays are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 7-12 at home this season, and they are in last place in the AL East 9.5 games behind the Yankees. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .237 with Melky Cabrera hitting .261, Jose Batista hitting .246, and Edwin Encarnacion hitting .231. The Blue Jays opponents are hitting .265 nd the Toronto pitching staff has an ERA of 4.74. For game one against the Giants the Blue Jays start R.A. Dickey who has been one of the Jays more disappointing players. For the season Dickey has allowed 43 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 38 over 48 innings of work for a 2-5 record and a 5.06 ERA.
The San Francisco Giants are the defending World Series Champions and of late they have very much looked the part. The Giants are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 8-8 on the road this season, and they have a two game lead in the NL West. As a team the Giants are hitting .266 with Pablo Sandoval hitting .320, Marco Scutaro hitting .305, and Buster Posey hitting .294. The Giants opponents are hitting .244 and the San Francisco pitching staff has an ERA of 3.71. For game one in Toronto the Giants start Barry Zito who hasn’t had a decision in his last three starts. For the season Zito has allowed 39 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 25 over 39.1 innings of work for a 3-1 record and a 2.75 ERA.
Toronto is 3-8 in their last 11 games against a left-handed starter, 1-4 in their last five home games, and 1-5 in Dickey’s last six starts as a favorite. San Francisco is 4-1 in their last five interleague games, 23-10 in their last 3 games as an underdog, and 7-2 in Zito’s last nine road starts. San Francisco is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings of these two.
I see this one being in the 9-10 range as far as runs scored and with the total being set lower than that I like the over.