Astros Vs Blue Jays: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – May 8, 2021

Posted By Staff on May 8, 2021

Yuli Gurriel leads the Houston Astros (17-15) into a contest with the Toronto Blue Jays (16-15) after he picked up four hits in a 10-4 win over the Blue Jays. The Astros are favorites (-143) against the Blue Jays (+123) in this outing, which starts at 7:10 PM ET on Saturday. Cristian Javier gets the starting nod for Houston, and Steven Matz is Toronto’s pick to start.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of May 8, 2021, 2:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Astros vs Blue Jays Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Javier (HOU) Pitcher Matz (TOR)
3 – 0 W/L 4 – 2
25.2 IP 32.0
1.75 ERA 4.78
0.900 WHIP 1.220
10.5 K/9 9.3
2.8 BB/9 2.8

Astros Probable Starter Cristian Javier

  • Javier (3-0 with a 1.75 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings pitched) gets the start for the Astros, his sixth of the season.
  • His last time out was on Sunday against the Rays, when the right-hander threw five innings, surrendering three earned runs while giving up four hits.
  • He meets a Blue Jays offense that ranks ninth in the league with 148 total runs scored while batting .239 as a squad. His opponent has a collective .403 slugging percentage (12th in MLB action) and has hit a total of 44 home runs (second in the league).
  • The Astros have been the moneyline favorite in four of Javier’s starts this season, and they went 3-1 in those matchups.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 8, 2021 at 2:05 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Blue Jays Stats vs Javier

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Marcus Semien 2 .000 0 0 0 .333 .333

Blue Jays Probable Starter Steven Matz

  • Matz (4-2) will take the mound for the Blue Jays, his seventh start of the season.
  • The left-hander gave up five earned runs in five innings pitched on Tuesday in his last outing, a matchup with the Athletics.
  • The Astros rank third in MLB with a .259 batting average this season. They have a team slugging percentage that ranks fifth in the league (.419) and 35 home runs.
  • When he is the starting pitcher, Toronto has a record of 2-1 this season when they are the underdog on the moneyline.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 8, 2021 at 2:05 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Astros Stats vs Matz

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Alex Bregman 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 1.000
Carlos Correa 3 .667 2 1 1 .667 2.667
José Altuve 3 .333 1 0 1 .333 .666
Aledmys Díaz 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Jason Castro 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Astros Betting Trends

  • The Astros’ offense is averaging 4.9 runs in home games while scoring 5.1 per game away from Minute Maid Park.
  • The Astros score the second-most runs in baseball (161 total, 5.0 per game).
  • The Astros have won 12 of the 23 games they were the moneyline favorite this season (52.2%).
  • When it has played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -143 or shorter, Houston has a record of 8-8 (50%).
  • Houston has combined with opponents to go over the total 18 times this season for an 18-13-1 record against the over/under.
  • Houston has a 5-2 record from the seven games it was favored on the moneyline over its last 10 matchups.

Blue Jays Betting Trends

  • The Blue Jays have scored 148 runs this season, which ranks ninth in MLB.
  • In away games this season, they have scored a total of 77 runs (3.9 per game) while pushing across 71 total at home, an average of 6.5 per contest.
  • The Blue Jays have won 10, or 52.6%, of the 19 games they’ve played as underdogs this season.
  • Toronto has entered six games this season as the underdog by +123 or more and is 4-2 in those contests.
  • So far this season, Toronto and its opponents have hit the over in 14 of their 31 games with a total.
  • Toronto has played as the underdog in seven of its past 10 games and has won four of those contests.

Astros Players to Watch

  • Gurriel has racked up a team-high batting average of .342, while pacing the Astros in home runs (five) and runs batted in (24).
  • Among the qualified hitters in MLB play, Gurriel’s 39 hits rank fifth, his 24 RBI rank eighth, his .342 AVG ranks sixth, his .420 OBP ranks fifth, and his .553 SLG ranks 11th.
  • Yordan Alvarez has shown his power as he leads his team with five home runs.
  • Among qualified hitters in MLB action, Alvarez’s .340 AVG ranks eighth, and his .598 SLG ranks 25th.
  • Alvarez has safely hit in five games in a row. Over that span he is batting .476 with a double, three home runs and four RBIs.

Astros Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Carlos Correa 122 .254 17 5 16 .303 .737
Yuli Gurriel 114 .342 14 5 24 .420 .973
Michael Brantley 110 .309 20 3 7 .345 .845
Kyle Tucker 110 .182 15 5 16 .244 .599
Myles Straw 101 .218 10 0 11 .308 .575
Alex Bregman 100 .310 18 5 18 .355 .845
Yordan Alvarez 97 .340 19 5 18 .371 .969
Jose Altuve 90 .267 15 2 12 .310 .688
Martín Maldonado 74 .135 6 1 2 .200 .430
Aledmys Díaz 62 .290 7 1 12 .353 .788

Blue Jays Players to Watch

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is batting .321 with seven home runs and 22 RBI for Toronto this season.
  • Guerrero’s 34 hits rank 21st, his .321 AVG ranks 12th, his .446 OBP ranks second, his 7 HR rank 17th, and his 22 RBI rank 13th among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Randal Grichuk leads Toronto in runs batted in with 26 while batting .304 with six homers.
  • Grichuk ranks 17th in hits (35), 24th in AVG (.304), and second in RBI (26) among qualified hitters in the majors.

Blue Jays Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Bo Bichette 126 .270 26 8 18 .316 .824
Marcus Semien 122 .254 15 7 16 .324 .783
Randal Grichuk 115 .304 15 6 26 .341 .845
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 106 .321 23 7 22 .446 1.021
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 104 .212 8 2 9 .236 .544
Cavan Biggio 91 .209 9 2 5 .305 .613
Rowdy Tellez 64 .172 5 1 3 .209 .459
Danny Jansen 63 .095 7 2 4 .174 .380
Teoscar Hernández 60 .250 9 3 13 .297 .697
Jonathan Davis 27 .111 7 1 1 .250 .472

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