With 22 runs in Game 1 and 15 more last night, the Bats in the Blue Jays-Rockies series are going full force. Even though ace Kevin Guzman won the Final, our MLB picks expect more of the same on Sunday.
The Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays rounded out their three-game block today at Course Field after splitting two high-scoring games, with the two clubs averaging 18.5 total points in the series.
Jays’ Kevin Gausman and Rockies’ Chase Anderson will try to contain the bat, but depending on how they turn, we could see another offensive explosion today.
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After the Toronto Blue Jays pitched 13 innings in the series opener, the Colorado Rockies stormed back with an 8-7 victory on Saturday, helped by three RBI runs from Brenton Doyle and Charlie Blackmon.
It wasn’t a bad night offensively for the Jays either, who saw five different batters score RBIs, including rookie Davis Schneider, who continued his hot streak.
Sunday’s ball game is shaping up to be another high-scoring affair considering none of the key players were really in their first game.
Kevin Gusman hit Toronto in his last game against Washington on August 28 but gave up seven hits and three earned runs over just three innings in the process. He’s also allowed at least three earned runs in three of his last five starts, giving up five games to the Phillies with three to go.
Rockies quarterback Chase Anderson hasn’t played since July 22 with a shoulder injury, but he’s been worse while he’s been in the lineup. The right-hander has given up 3+ runs in seven of his last eight starts and 5+ runs in four of those contests.
With both clubs swinging bats well and neither of them inspiring a great deal of confidence, I’m 11.5 points in the park more suited to hitting in the major leagues.
My best bet: over 11.5 (+101 in SIA)
Blue Jays vs. Rockies in the same game
over 11.5 (-110)
Davis Scheder scores 2+ total bases (-160)
Kevin Guzman hits 8+ hits (+115)
In addition to getting 11.5 total points, we’ll focus on two Blue Jays players playing the same game today.
Schneider has been a pleasant surprise for Toronto since joining the club in early August, ranking second on the team in RBI (14) and third in total bases (42) last month while hitting an incredible .426. The second baseman has multiple bases in six of his last eight games and has to snag two more bases today.
Gausman hasn’t had his best lately but is still one of the best pitchers in the major leagues with 202k over 155 1/3 innings pitched.
The right-hander has hit at least seven hits in seven of his last nine starts, facing the Rockies, who hit more than just two other major league teams at 9.47k per game. However, I would love for Guzman to sit at least eight players today.
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Blue Jays vs. Rockies Money line and over/under analysis
The Blue Jays are once again entering this game as the chalk, opening at -237 on the money line and up as high as -275 in some books by this morning. Everyone loves a good pick for an underdog, but Toronto’s advantage is too big to ignore.
Colorado’s victory last night was more of a shock than anything because it was the home side’s second win in their last 12 games. Going back further, the Rockies have only five wins over the last 22 contests.
Despite averaging 8.50 points in the series, the Rockies have actually been running behind offensively with just 3.70 points per game across their previous ten contests and have scored more than four runs just twice over that span.
While I don’t necessarily expect the Blue Jays to hold just four runs today, there’s a good chance the Rockies batters will fall back to center against Gausman.
The total for the day opened at 11.5 points, and as discussed above I would definitely pick the end. Both pitching play and elevation at Coors Field have to factor in a lot of runs, and we’ve also seen the Jays win more in six of their last seven contests.
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The Over is 11-5 in the last 16 games in Colorado. Find out more MLB betting trends for Blue Jays vs. Rockies
Information about the game Blue Jays vs. Rockies
|location:||Coors Field, Denver, Colorado|
|date:||Sunday, September 3, 2023|
|First pitch:||3:10 p.m. ET|
|television:||Sportsnet, AT&T Sportsnet|
Kevin Gusman (10-8, 3.30ER): Gausman is coming off his worst month of the season after posting a 4.23 ERA and 1.41 WHIP across five starts in August. The right-hander has also seen a drop in his stroke rate in the past month, hitting eight kilos just once during that period.
Chase Anderson (0-4, 6.08 ERA): Anderson will need to shed the cobwebs when he makes his first start in nearly six weeks. The right-hander struggled so hard that he injured himself, getting through the fifth inning in just two of his last seven starts.
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