- The Blue Jays are Pirates wrap up a weekend series on Sunday
- Toronto is a heavy -210 favorite for the rubber match
- Keep reading for the full odds, preview, and predictions
Sunday will mark the end of a three-game set between the Toronto Blue Jays (71-59, 33-30 away) and Pittsburgh Pirates (49-82, 26-37 home), their first meeting since 2017. The first pitch for the finale is set for 12:05 PM ET at PNC Park.
The Jays go with Ross Stripling on the hill here, while the Bucs hand JT Brubaker the ball.
Blue Jays vs Pirates Odds
|Toronto Blue Jays||-210||-1.5 (-120)||Ov 8 (-110)|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||+180||+1.5 (+100)||Un 8 (-110)|
Odds as of September 3rd at DraftKings.
Blue Jays vs Pirates Probable Pitchers
Stripling is quietly putting together a solid campaign for Toronto. The 32-year-old is 6-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 26 total appearances and 18 starts. He’s showing the ability to not only miss opponents’ bats but also limit the free passes. Stripling has struck out 86 in 101 innings and allowed only 16 walks. The righty always goes out there and pounds the strike zone.
Ross Stripling on the '22 . #BlueJays rollercoaster:
"I think the word that's gonna follow the 2022 Blue Jays for years to come is streaky, right? We've had more highs and lows this year than any team that I've been a part of."
— Mitch Bannon (@MitchBannon) August 28, 2022
That being said, Stripling is coming off one of his rougher outings of the year. He tossed six innings against the Angels, giving up three earned runs and seven hits. The former Dodger was also taken deep twice. He owns a 4.00 ERA vs. Pittsburgh in his career.
Stripling vs Brubaker
Sadly, Brubaker’s 4.43 ERA is one of the best in the Pirates rotation. He’s 3-11 overall in 24 starts and while the right-hander has collected 132 punchouts in 127 innings, he’s walked 47. Brubaker has strikeout stuff but tends to get wild at times.
Brubaker will certainly want to forget his last outing, getting tagged for six earned on nine hits by the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves. However, he still managed to battle, pitching 6.2 innings. The 28-year-old has never faced Toronto.
Jays Need Momentum
The Blue Jays are of course in the heart of the AL Wild Card race and to be honest, every game is important at this point. They’re 6-4 in their last 10 games and seriously need to finish the series off with a bang on Sunday because Toronto visits the Orioles next, who are right on their tails in the postseason hunt.
Kickin' incredibly dope HITS 🤩 pic.twitter.com/JQ1TuS5aFB
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 3, 2022
In fact, the Jays’ last month is full of contests that could either make or break them, taking on Baltimore a total of three more times, while also clashing with the Rays twice, the Yankees, and the Red Sox. It’s crunch time.
Nothing Going Right For Pittsburgh
It’s been another disappointing season for the Bucs and it’s hard for them to be any worse. Pittsburgh is 49-82 which is second-last in the National League and has won only two of their previous 10 contests.
What a play by Hayes and Chavis! pic.twitter.com/1oKJ5nutLU
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) September 2, 2022
It also appears there aren’t any victories coming anytime soon. After Toronto leaves town, the Pirates head to the Big Apple to play the New York Mets and then travel to St. Louis to clash with the Cardinals.
Blue Jays vs Pirates Pick
I have full confidence in Stripling to get the job done on Sunday. He’s pitched at PNC Park many times before and is in good form right now. Take the Jays to cover and get a huge win before the Orioles series.
Pick: Blue Jays -1.5 (-120)