7:07 pm
April 29

Astros @ Blue Jays

Who will WIN this matchup?

Houston Astros (10-9)

@ Toronto Blue Jays (13-7)


Starting Pitchers:

Urquidy (HOU): 1-1; 5.52 ERA

Kikuchi (TOR) 0-1; 3.75 ERA


Current odds:

Houston Astros: (+105)

Toronto Blue Jays: (-125)


The Toronto Blue Jays have yet to lose a series this season, but the visiting Houston Astros will be out to change that in a three-game set that opens Friday night. Houston needed Jeremy Pena’s 10th-inning homer on Sunday to salvage one win from a three-game home series against Toronto. The Astros went on to win three of four from the host Texas Rangers at Arlington, Texas, earning a 3-2 victory Thursday when Kyle Tucker hit a tiebreaking, pinch-hit homer in the eighth.

The Blue Jays took three of four from the visiting Boston Red Sox, with Alek Manoah striking out seven in seven innings during a 1-0 victory on Thursday. The Blue Jays are 5-0-1 in their six series this season. They split a four-game set when they visited the New York Yankees from April 11-14.

Toronto left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (0-1, 3.75 ERA) will oppose Houston right-hander Jose Urquidy (1-1, 5.52 ERA) in the opener on Friday. Urquidy pitched 5 2/3 innings against Toronto on Saturday and allowed two runs, six hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings during a no-decision. He struck out three in a game the Blue Jays won 3-2. Urquidy is 1-1 with a 5.29 ERA in three starts against Toronto.

Kikuchi did not factor in the decision on Sunday against Houston, allowing four runs (two earned), three hits and five walks while striking out four in 3 2/3 innings. In 12 career starts against Houston — the team has he faced more than any other in his career — he is 1-5 with a 5.93 ERA. Toronto first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. did not play in the series finale against Boston on Thursday, a day after he fouled a ball off his right foot. He finished the Wednesday game, and X-rays were negative.

StreakSmarter Pick
Toronto Blue Jays