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Blue Jays vs Pirates Odds & Picks (Sep. 2)

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in MLB Baseball

Sep 1, 2022 · 9:18 PM PDT

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah delivers to home plate
Aug 27, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah (6) pitches to the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Blue Jays and Pirates begin a three-game set on Friday at PNC Park
  • Toronto is a heavy favorite -250 favorite for the series opener
  • Read on for the odds, preview, and picks

For the first time since 2017, the Toronto Blue Jays (70-59, 32-30 away) and Pittsburgh Pirates (49-81, 26-36 home) will meet this weekend in an interleague three-game series. The first pitch for Friday’s opener is scheduled for 6:35 pm ET at PNC Park.

The Jays hand Alek Manoah the ball here for his first career start against the Pirates. The hosts counter with Johan Oviedo.

Blue Jays vs Pirates Odds

TEam Moneyline Runline Total
Toronto Blue Jays -250 -1.5 (-145) O 8 (-120)
Pittsburgh Pirates +205 +1.5 (+122) U 8 (+100)

Odds as of September 1st at Caesars Sportsbook Pennsylvania.

The Blue Jays are a heavy -250 moneyline favorite for this contest while the game total sits at just 8.0.  At +205, a $100 wager on the home-underdog Pirates would net a tidy $205 profit if Pittsburgh is able to pull the upset on Friday.

 

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Toronto vs Pittsburgh Probable Pitchers

Toronto fans will be happy to see Manoah listed in Friday’s MLB lineups. Manoah is arguably the most reliable arm in this Blue Jays rotation in 2022. The All-Star owns a brilliant 2.60 ERA and 12-7 record in 25 starts. He’s also struck out 147 in 155.2 innings and continues to pound the strike zone on a weekly basis, allowing a mere 39 free passes. The youngster is even top-five in AL Cy Young odds at +7000.

His last outing was once again as solid as can be, tossing seven frames against the Angels and giving up four hits and one run while compiling eight punchouts. Manoah’s ERA lowers to 2.55 on the road this season, too.

Manoah vs Oviedo

Alek Manoah
VS
Johan Oviedo
12-7 Record 2-1
2.60 ERA 3.20
155.2 Innings Pitched 25.1
147 Strikeouts 26
39 BB 7

The Pirates just called up Oviedo from the Minors and this will be his first outing for the team. The 24-year-old was acquired from the Cardinals in the Jose Quintana trade at the deadline. In 14 appearances in 22′, Oviedo has gone 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA. Friday marks just his second start of the campaign. He’s mostly featured out of the bullpen.

Since the big righty didn’t register a lot of outings in the St. Louis rotation, it’s likely Pittsburgh uses him more as an opener against the Blue Jays, a lineup he’s never faced in three big league seasons.

Every Game Matters for Toronto

The Jays are currently in the heart of the Wild Card race and to be frank, every single game is crucial for Toronto right now heading into the last month. This team is just two games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles for the final WC spot and with the O’s up next on the schedule, the Blue Jays must bring their best on the weekend and sweep a poor Pirates ballclub.

John Schneider’s group just took two out of three from the lowly Cubs, but it wasn’t pretty. Toronto’s offensive struggles continue, as highlighted when they were swept by the Angels. The Bucs have one of the ERA’s in the MLB. Perhaps this is the perfect time for Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Co. to break out and start to swing it like we all know they can.

Pirates Sliding

Pittsburgh is one of the worst teams in baseball and that isn’t changing. They’re 2-8 in their last 10 contests and just lost two out of three to the Brewers, including a 6-1 defeat in the finale on Wednesday.

The Bucs had just five hits on the day but actually got a decent start from Zach Thompson. It was wasted though as the bullpen completely collapsed and allowed all six runs once the right-hander exited.

Blue Jays vs Pirates Pick

It’s crunch time and the Jays know it. With Manoah on the mound, I fully believe Toronto will get it done here and provide him with no shortage of run support. Take the Jays on the runline.

Pick: Blue Jays -1.5 (-145)

 

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