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MLB Thursday Tips: Back Verlander for an Astros win

Astros set to compound Mariner woes

Houston Astros @ Seattle Mariners
Thursday 20:40 BST
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On the May 1, the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros had both won 18 games and were neck and neck in the race for the AL West. Now, as we start June, things couldn’t be more different for the two sides. Seattle have won just eight games since then and have plummeted to the bottom of the division. Houston have maintained their level of performance and are nine games clear at the top of the division, thanks to impressive hitting from Alex Bregman and pitching from, tonight’s starter, Justin Verlander.

Verlander holds a 9-2 record this season and will be heavy favourite to earn his 10th win of the season tonight, a feat he has achieved 12 times before in his career. Facing mediocre opposition in Tommy Milone the Astros bats should score well in what will be a comfortable win for Houston.

Runs expected in Toronto

New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays
Friday 00:05 BST
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Edwin Jackson starts tonight for the Toronto Blue Jays hoping to recover from a horrendous outing last week. Facing the Colorado Rockies he failed to make it past the third inning, conceding 10 runs in the process, unfortunately for Jackson he faces a familiar foe. The New York Yankees have had consistent success against the 35-year-old over his career and will expect to again as they look to avoid losing all three games in the series.

The Yankees offence is one of the most prolific in the league, averaging just over five runs a game and with Toronto feeling confident after an 11-7 win last night I think the run line is a little too low at 9.5 runs. Jackson’s past struggles against New York will make the men from the Bronx favourite for the game.

Streaking Nationals will lean on Corbin

Washington Nationals @ San Diego Padres
Friday 03:10 BST
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The Washington Nationals are on one of their best runs of the season, having won four straight games and eight of their last 10, they come in to San Diego to face a Padres side who heading in the opposite direction. San Diego are 3-7 in their last 10 as their pitching staff have struggled to keep opposing lineups in check.

Across that span of games San Diego have conceded 63 runs and facing the impressive Patrick Corbin tonight the Padres pitchers will have to be at their best. Corbin is no stranger to pitching in San Diego, having visited regularly as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and has won there three times before. Look for Corbin to be the deciding factor in a close game.

Source: US Sports