Houston seeks series sweep against Blue Jays
Houston; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
LINE: Blue Jays favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Houston will sweep the series over Toronto with a win.
The Astros are 27-10 on their home turf. The Houston pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.48, Justin Verlander leads the staff with a mark of 2.50.
The Blue Jays are 13-23 on the road. The Toronto offense has compiled a .222 batting average as a team this season, last in the majors. Eric Sogard leads the team with a mark of .284. The Astros won the last meeting 7-2. Framber Valdez secured his third victory and Jack Mayfield went 3-for-4 with three doubles and an RBI for Houston. Clayton Richard registered his third loss for Toronto.
TOP PERFORMERS: Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 30 extra base hits and is slugging .504. Tony Kemp is 10-for-33 with three doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Houston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 7-3, .249 batting average, 4.28 ERA, outscored opponents by 13 runs
Blue Jays: 3-7, .233 batting average, 6.72 ERA, outscored by 27 runs
Astros Injuries: Joe Smith: 10-day IL (achilles), Collin McHugh: 10-day IL (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-day IL (elbow), George Springer: 10-day IL (hamstring), Jake Marisnick: day-to-day (knee), Aledmys Diaz: 10-day IL (hamstring), Carlos Correa: 10-day IL (rib), Jose Altuve: 10-day IL (hamstring), Max Stassi: 10-day IL (knee).
Blue Jays Injuries: Jacob Waguespack: 10-day IL (shoulder), Ryan Tepera: 60-day IL (elbow), Matt Shoemaker: 60-day IL (knee), David Phelps: 60-day IL (elbow), Elvis Luciano: 10-day IL (elbow), Ken Giles: 10-day IL (elbow), Clay Buchholz: 60-day IL (shoulder), Ryan Borucki: 60-day IL (elbow), Dalton Pompey: 60-day IL (concussion), Devon Travis: 60-day IL (knee), Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: day-to-day (hand).