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GDB 19.0: Toronto Blue Jays look to close series against Houston Astros with win

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Zach Laing
1 year ago
The answer to yesterday’s GDB title of “Can Chris Bassitt continue to rebound for the Toronto Blue Jays?” is yes. Yes, he can.
He threw an absolute gem last night going 6.1 IP allowing three hits, one walk, no earned runs while also fanning five batters. Great stuff from him, and while things got a bit tense late in that game, the Jays held on.
Tonight, they have a chance to close out the three-game set on top as Jose Berrios takes the mound. Much like Bassitt yesterday, the Jays could use a big performance from Berrios. Something isn’t quite right with his game, but the good news is his 2.36 FIP is well below his 7.98 ERA.
The Jays will be up against Luis Garcia tonight, who has struggled this year, so tonight could be a good chance to continue to creep up on the Tampa Bay Rays in the standings.
First pitch: 8:10 p.m. EST
Weather: The dome is closed in Houston. (RotoGrinders)
The teams: 
Toronto Blue Jays: 11-7, 4.5 GB, +0.5 WCGB. -5 DIFF, 4.78 R/G.
Houston Astros: 8-10, 4.0 GB, 2.5 WCGB. +12 DIFF, 4.89 R/G.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR -111; HOU -105.
O/U: 8.5 — o8.5 -133; u8.5 +107.
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Jose Berrio RHP — 1-2, 7.98 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 11.0 K9, -0.5 bWAR.
HOU: Luis Garcia RHP — 0-2, 7.71 ERA, 1.857 WHIP, 9.6 K9, -0.3 bWAR.
Lineups: 

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.

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