Can the Toronto Blue Jays follow in the footsteps of the Toronto Raptors? World Series glory in Major League Baseball looks unlikely but success for the Canadian team in the NBA could spur the Blue Jays on this weekend.
Toronto travel to the Houston Astros for a triple-header this weekend and the visitors will be quietly confident of getting the job done. Despite another slow start to a MLB campaign, The Blue Jays have enough quality to push the Astros close at Minute Maid Park.
Incredibly, the Blue Jays have actually fared slightly better away from Rogers Centre in 2019 – they are one of the only Major League Baseball teams to enjoy more success on the road. Winning the three-game series here would give Toronto a major confidence boost.
Write Houston off at your peril. The Astros will be red hot favourites for all three games and with good reason. Currently sitting pretty at the top of the American League West, Houston have a 46-23 record ahead of this weekend’s three-match series.
Furthermore, the Astros have lost just 10 home games this campaign and it is difficult to look past the hosts here. Houston are on the verge of something special and a series push for World Series glory could be on the cards if everything goes to plan.
Date: June 15, 2019
Houston Set For World Series Push?
At the time of writing, the Astros are one of the leading fancies to win the World Series this year. The 7/2 available with 888sport is an industry best price and plenty of punters will be taking that if Houston secure a whitewash mini-series victory this weekend.
Alex Bregman is currently leading the team with 18 home runs and his big-hitting could be decisive against Toronto. The Blue Jays will be wary of giving Bregman an opportunity to add to his growing tally and the visitors will have to be at their brilliant best to slow Houston down.
As short as 4/11 with Unibet to win the opening game of the series, Houston will be looking to get off to the perfect start. The Astros are one of Major League Baseball’s most consistent teams and that bodes well for the hosts ahead of Friday night’s contest.
Blue Jays Slipping Out Of Contention (Again)
Toronto have a habit of showing glimpses of quality before breaking Blue Jays hearts when the going gets tough. Not for the first time, the Canadian outfit have started to slide down the American League East ladder and it would take a brave man to back Toronto here.
On paper, this has all the makings of a comfortable win for the Astros. However, backing against Toronto completely would be foolish. The Blue Jays have a tendency to raise their game when they are up against it and 5/2 odds for a Toronto win in Game 1 is certainly tempting.
The latest betting odds show the Blue Jays as rank outsiders but sport often brings out the best in teams. With a bit of luck, Toronto could push the Astros close in Game 1 and coming away from Houston with one road win should give the visitors a lift.
The heart says Toronto but the head says Houston. These two organisations are heading in opposition directions at this moment in time – the Astros should prove far too strong for a hit-and-miss Blue Jays side.
4/11 isn’t much of a price for Houston to win but it is hard to look past the hosts. Expect the early World Series favourites to send out a statement with a convincing success.
TIP: Houston Astros to win (4/11 with Unibet)