Astros vs. Blue Jays Prediction, Betting Tips & Picks 4/24/2022

by | Apr 24, 2022

The Houston Astros (6-8) will be out to avoid the sweep when they host the Toronto Blue Jays (10-5) to complete a three-game series. Sportsbooks have listed the Astros as -132 favorites for the series finale, while the Blue Jays are +112 underdogs. Houston’s Luis Garcia and Toronto’s Yusei Kikuchi have been named the starters for this contest.

Astros vs. Blue Jays Spread and Betting Line

Astros vs Blue Jays Betting Information
Favorite Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds
Astros -132 +112 8.5 -118 -102 -1.5 +148 -177

Computer Predictions for Astros vs. Blue Jays

Our computer pick: Toronto Blue Jays (+112) and Over (8.5)

Astros vs. Blue Jays Game Info

  • Houston Astros probable starting pitcher: Luis Garcia
  • Toronto Blue Jays probable starting pitcher: Yusei Kikuchi
  • Game Day: Sunday, April 24, 2022
  • Game Time: 2:10 PM ET
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Stadium: Minute Maid Park

Houston Astros vs Toronto Blue Jays Pitching Matchup

Garcia Kikuchi
2 GS 2
1-0 W-L 0-1
2.79 ERA 3.24
9.2 IP 8.1
3 BB 5
8 SO 5

Astros Starter Luis Garcia

  • Garcia (1-0) makes the start for the Astros, his third of the season.
  • The righty last pitched on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels, when he tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs while giving up four hits.
  • He has a 2.79 ERA and 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings while opponents are hitting .171 against him over his two games this season.
  • The opposing Blue Jays offense has a collective .250 batting average, and is sixth in the league with 125 total hits and 13th in MLB play with 59 runs scored. It has the seventh-ranked slugging percentage (.413) and ranks first in home runs (20) in all of MLB.

Blue Jays Starter Yusei Kikuchi

  • The Blue Jays’ Kikuchi will make his third start of the season.
  • The left-hander’s last appearance was on Tuesday, when he threw five innings, giving up one earned run while allowing three hits against the Boston Red Sox.
  • He has pitched to a 3.24 ERA this season with 5.4 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 5.4 walks per nine across two games.
  • In two starts this season, Kikuchi has lasted five or more innings one time, with an average of 4.1 innings per appearance.
  • The Astros are batting .203 this season, 28th in MLB. They have a team slugging percentage of .344 (21st in the league) with 15 home runs.

Astros Betting Picks & Insights

  • The Astros have won four of the nine games they’ve played as favorites this season.
  • Houston is 3-3 this season when entering a game favored by -132 or more on the moneyline.
  • Oddsmakers have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Astros have a 56.9% chance to win.
  • Houston and its opponents have hit the over in five of their 14 games with a total this season.
  • The Astros are 6-8-0 against the spread this season.

Blue Jays Betting Picks & Insights

  • The Blue Jays have been victorious in three of the five contests they have been chosen as underdogs in this season.
  • This season, Toronto has been victorious two times in four chances when named as an underdog of at least +112 or longer on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline set for this matchup implies the Blue Jays have a 47.2% chance of walking away with the win.
  • Toronto and their opponents have hit the over in four of their 14 games with a total set by oddsmakers this season.
  • In 14 games with a line this season, the Blue Jays have a mark of 7-7-0 against the spread.

Astros Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Alex Bregman is the Astros best power hitter, launching three round-trippers this season in addition to collecting 11 RBI, both team highs.
  • Including all MLB hitters, Bregman ranks 54th in batting average, 48th in on-base percentage, and 34th in slugging.
  • Jeremy Pena has three doubles, a triple, two home runs and five walks while hitting .267.
  • Pena ranks 44th in home runs and 150th in RBI on the season.
  • Michael Brantley leads the Astros with a team-high batting average of .302.
  • Yordan Alvarez has put his power on display as he paces his team with three home runs.
Alex Bregman 14 .271 .357 .500 3 11 13
Jeremy Pena 13 .267 .346 .511 2 4 12
Michael Brantley 13 .302 .351 .396 1 5 16
Yordan Alvarez 9 .152 .243 .455 3 6 5
Kyle Tucker 14 .140 .232 .260 2 4 7

Blue Jays Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the lineup with a batting average of .333, while leading the Blue Jays in home runs, with five and runs batted in with 11.
  • In all of MLB, Guerrero is second in homers and 11th in RBI.
  • George Springer is batting .264 with four doubles, three home runs and two walks.
  • Springer ranks 16th overall in homers and 61st in RBI this season.
  • Santiago Espinal is batting .217 with three doubles, two home runs and four walks.
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has three doubles and three walks while hitting .273.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 15 .333 .393 .648 5 11 18
George Springer 14 .264 .310 .509 3 7 14
Santiago Espinal 15 .217 .288 .413 2 7 10
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 15 .273 .311 .327 0 7 15
Matt Chapman 15 .269 .333 .442 2 9 14

Betting Tips for Astros vs. Blue Jays

After looking at all of the key stats and trends for this matchup, our best bet is the Blue Jays on the moneyline at +112. Our computer picks see the scoring going over the total of 8.5 runs.

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