TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30TH
#924 TORONTO RUN-LINE with Bassitt (-1′ -110) over Washington with Corbin at 3:07 PM EST
Off yesterday’s one-run home loss to the Nats and with blemishes in five of their last seven games, the Blue Jays need to crank their level of play up a notch. Toronto is on the outside looking in at the AL Wild Card race (3.5-games back) and manager John Schneider’s boys simply can’t afford blemishes to a Washington squad that rests 9.0-games under the .500 mark.
Hitting the hill for the Blue Birds will be right-hander Chris Bassitt. With four August starts in the books, No. 40 was bumped for 11 earned runs and 21 hits in 24.2 innings of work. Chris struck out 23 and walked eight on his way to a 2-1 tally with a 4.01 ERA. Equally impressive, with 13 home starts in the bank, Bassitt was tripped for 28 earned runs and 55 hits in 82.0 frames. That’s good enough for a 6-3 tally with a 3.07 ERA.
Southpaw Patrick Corbin will pick up the pearl for the visitors. Facing the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, and Reds this month, No. 46 was in a zone surrendering just seven earned runs and 16 hits in 23.1 innings. Patrick whiffed 17 and walked 11 on his way to a 2-0 mark with a reliable 2.70 ERA. However, with 15 day starts logged, Corbin was crushed for 39 earned runs and 102 hits in 87.1 frames. That adds up to a 6-6 record with a 4.02 ERA.
There are plenty of technical situations that back this investment. Toronto has tasted victory in 16 of its last 27 against a left-handed starter, 27 of its last 42 in interleague play, and 27 of its last 38 versus NL East foes. On the other side of the diamond, Washington has fallen in 46 of its last 82 facing a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage greater than .500.
The Blue Jays face the Rockies (away), A’s (away), and the Royals (home) in their next three series after this battle and they remain in prime position to go on a nice run. It all starts here with a dub over the Nats. Take Toronto on the run-line with Bassitt. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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