Blue Jays vs Giants preview
Toronto Blue Jays (17-24) at San Francisco Giants (17-24)
May 15th, 2019, 3:45 PM (Oracle Park)
Spread: Toronto Blue Jays (+125) / San Francisco Giants (-135) O/U: 8
MLB Draftkings Picks Toronto Blue Jays vs San Francisco Giants
At this point with 41 games in, it’s pretty clear how the rest of the season is going to play out for these two teams. The Blue Jays are 3-7 in their last 10 games and currently sit 4th in the AL East and nowhere near a playoff spot. Their opponent is evenly matched where they are 17-23 on the year but are 4-6 in their last 10 games. Being in the NL West they sit last in their division and are 8.5 games back from 1st. Last night these two teams squared off with a surprising win by the Blue Jays. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. led the way for Toronto with a 2 home run game and became the third youngest player to hit his first two home runs in the same game.
Toronto Blue Jays
A big reason Toronto is below .500 this year has been because of their offense. The Blue Jays have not been consistent enough this year with their bats and it shows. They are currently ranked 27th and as a team, Toronto is batting .220, which is tied for 3rd worst overall in the league. As individual players go, Toronto only has one player that has above a .300 batting average. Their most consistent player has been Eric Sogard who is batting .320 but has only played in 20 games this year.
A big help for the Blue Jays this year has been their pitching where they currently sit at 10th overall in the MLB. Through 41 games played this year they have a 3.90 ERA and as a pitching staff they have had 3 shutouts this year which is tied for 4th in the league. Their go to guy on the mound is Marcus Stroman who has played in 9 games this year and pitched 52.0 innings. Stroman has posted 45 strikeouts but has a losing record of 1-6. With an offense that doesn’t post a lot of runs, it’s hard for a pitching staff to keep opposing offenses off the board and this has ultimately led to a disappointing season.
San Francisco Giants
The Giants are in the bottom half of the MLB when it comes to the offensive side of the ball where they are currently 24th overall. They have only brought in 160 runs on the year, while 14 other teams have surpassed the 200 run mark. They have a combined team batting average of .222 which is 26th in the MLB. With it being a down year there has been one consistent player in Pablo Sandoval, who is batting .284 while bringing runners around the bases with 13 runs batted in. Most of their players are batting in the mid to lower .200 average which explains why they are in the bottom half of the MLB in terms of batting average.
Two weeks ago San Francisco was 4th in the league in terms of pitching where they were only giving up 3.45 runs per game and a total of 99 runs through 27 games. San Francisco has dropped in recent weeks where they are now 19th overall and giving up 4.54 runs per game. The Giants top pitchers are struggling when it comes to winning games but this has ultimately come down to the offense. Madison Bumgarner is a great pitcher but is 2-4 on the year while giving up 4.04 runs per game. The Giants 2nd guy is Derek Holland who is 1-4 on the season with an impressive 43 strikeouts, but is giving up an average of 6.56 when he is on the mound.
Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto is 2-7 straight up in their last 9 games
Toronto is 2-5 straight up in their last 6 road games
The total has gone over in 6 of Toronto’s last 8 games against teams in the NL
San Francisco Giants
San Francisco is 1-4 straight up in their last 5 games
San Francisco is 3-8 straight up in their last 10 home games
The total has gone over in 9 of San Francisco’s last 10 games
Free MLB Pick Toronto Blue Jays V.S. San Francisco Giants
Edwin Jackson will get the start on the mound for the Blue Jays, he has yet to play in a game this year because he was just called up from the Triple A Buffalo squad. When Jackson starts for the Blue Jays this will be his 14th team he has started for setting an MLB record. His opponent is in a similar situation, Shaun Anderson has also not played in an MLB game this year because he had just been called up from the Triple A Sacramento team. This game is a toss up considering both teams have new pitchers and not much is know about either of them. If Vlad Guerrero Jr. continues his hitting from last game the Blue Jays will have a great game. Even with the Giants playing better ball as of late, the Blue Jays have the experience on the mound and are hitting it very well from last nights game.