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The San Francisco Giants travel north to take on the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday in interleague play. The Giants are 9-14 on the year while the Blue Jays are 11-12. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija (1-1) takes the mound for the Giants while right-hander Trent Thornton (0-2) gets the ball for the Blue Jays. Game time is 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre.
Posey leads Giants
The San Francisco Giants are 9-14 on the season, 5.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. They snapped a four-game losing streak Sunday with a 3-2 win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Giants Buster Posey hit his first home run of the year — a 3-run shot in the 5th. It provided all the runs the Giants would need as the Giants pitches allowed only 5 hits in the entire game. Dereck Rodriguez (3-2) gave up two runs on 3 hits in 5.2 innings, while 3 relievers came in to throw shut out ball the rest of the way. The game ended when Jung-Ho Kang was tagged out at the plate trying to score on a double by Brian Reynolds. Will Smith earned his 5th save. Posey had 2 hits in the game.
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The Giants average 2.91 runs per game, which is 29th in the MLB. They have a team batting average of .209, which is 26th, and have a slugging percentage of .332, which is 28th in the MLB. Also, they have a team ERA of 3.22, which is 3rd in the league, and a WHIP of 1.12, which is 4th in the league. Tyler Austin and Pablo Sandoval lead the team with averages of .286. Steven Duggar is hitting .242 with 3 home runs and 11 RBIs, while Kevin Pillar leads the team with 4 HRs and 13 RBIs.
Right-hander Jeff Samardzija gets the start Thursday for the Giants. Samardzija is 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA. He has a WHIP of 1.15 and teams are batting .221 against him.
Smoak leads Blue Jays
The Blue Jays are 11-12 on the year and have won 4 straight games. They are in third place in the AL East, 3.5 games behind Tampa Bay. They finished off their sweep of Oakland Sunday with a 5-4 win. Justin Smoak had a huge game, going 4-5 with a home run and 2 RBIs. Smoak has hit in 9 straight games. Brandon Drury and Freddie Galvis added 2 hits apiece. Aaron Sanchez gave up just 1 run on 2 hits through 4 innings. the bullpen gave up 5 hits the rest of the way. Ken Giles earned his 7th save. “Our pitching has been there the whole time, but now that we’re swinging the bats, we’re a much better club,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.
The Blue Jays average 4.13 runs per game, which is 22nd in the MLB. They have a team batting average of .232 which is 21st in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .383, which is 23rd. They have a team ERA of 3.34, which is 6th in the MLB. They have a WHIP at 1.22, which is 8th in the league. Galvis leads the team with an average of .315 along with 5 home runs and 12 RBIs. Smoak is hitting .313 with 5 HRs and 17 RBIs. Randal Grichuk and Rowdy Tellez both have 4 home runs.
Trent Thornton is making the start for Toronto. The right-hander is 0-2 with an ERA of 5.40. He has a WHIP of 1.43 and opposing batters are hitting .264 against him.
- Giants are 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games.
- Blue Jays are 2-5 in their last 7 games on astroturf.
- Blue Jays are 2-5 in their last 7 home games.
- Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last 5 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Blue Jays are 0-4 in Thornton’s last 4 starts.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Giants. San Francisco has the much better pitcher in this game in Samardzija. Thornton has gotten thumped this year and while the Giants are one of the worst hitting teams in the league, their pitching is excellent. They won’t need many runs to scratch out a win at Toronto.
Prediction: San Francisco +120
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the under. These are two bad hitting teams, both of which are excellent pitching teams. That is a recipe for the under. The under is 4-1 in Samardzijas last 5 starts after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game and 4-1-1 in Giants last 6 vs. a team with a losing record. Also, the under is 12-5-1 in Blue Jays last 18 on astroturf and 7-3 in their last 10 home games vs. a right-handed starter.