#966 Toronto Blue Jays (Liriano) -120 over Houston Astros (Musgrove) 6:05 PM CT
Francisco Liriano had a fine 2015 season which helped the Pirates to one of the best records in baseball but his decline this season was a big part of keeping Pittsburgh deep in the wild card chase. The Pirates wound up dealing Liriano to Toronto and the Blue Jays got a solid first outing from the veteran who has plenty of experience in the American League. Liriano is still getting 9.1 K/9 this season and while walks are an issue at times he has allowed four or fewer runs in 10 of his last 11 starts. Four runs allowed isn’t a great outing but now with a formidable offense supporting him that might allow Liriano to find the win column with much more frequency. Joe Musgrove has dazzled in two outings for the Astros but this will be his first road outing and it comes against a lineup that is capable of crushing right-handed pitching. Musgrove was a 1st round pick in 2011 ironically drafted by the Blue Jays as the scouting report should be strong in the Toronto clubhouse. A Houston lineup that has been struggling mightily had a huge Thursday with 25 runs scored in a double-header catching a huge break as Wednesday’s near-certain loss was washed away. The Astros are just 17-20 vs. left-handed starters this season and this could be a worn-out squad that has lost six of the last seven meetings with the Blue Jays. This is also a short favorite price on a Toronto team that is 34-25 at home including 15-6 in the last 21 home games.
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