Blue Jays vs. Rockies prediction and odds for Friday, Sept. 1 (Power outage at Coors)

The Toronto Blue Jays need a win on Friday to keep pace in the AL playoff chase.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu (99)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu (99) / Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

The wild card race in the American League is very tight and right now the 73-61 Toronto Blue Jays are on the outside looking in.

Luckily for Toronto, it has a three-game set with the 49-84 Colorado Rockies.

Tonight, Game 1 in Colorado, the Blue Jays will go with Hyun Jin Ryu and he’ll be making his sixth start of the season. Ryu is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA and will be opposed by 1-6 Chris Flexen who has a 6.94 ERA this year. 

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Blue Jays vs. Rockies odds, run line and total

Blue Jays vs. Rockies prediction and pick

Last season, the Rockies were one of the worst teams against left-handed pitchers, and for a while this year, it was better, but now they’re back at the bottom.

Only Cleveland has a lower team OPS against left-handed pitching this season. Even in the thin air, their 35 home runs off lefties ranks 21st in the MLB. 

With Kris Bryant out injured things are even worse and there is very little power for the Rockies outside of Ezequiel Tovar who has six homers against lefties this year. I don’t have much faith in their ability to score runs off Ryu who is having a great return from injury. 

Hyun Jin Ryu hasn’t gotten a lot of help from his defense, allowing five unearned runs in his five starts, but he’s only given up six earned and the Blue Jays have won all four of his five outings.

Ryu has 20 strikeouts in 24.0 innings with just five walks. He allowed two homers last time out, but I’m not too concerned about some type of power surge from the Rockies today because of the sheer lack of power in their lineup. 

The Blue Jays haven’t been very effective scoring runs with Bo Bichette, Matt Chapman and Brandon Belt all injured. I’m not confident in their lineup even against Chris Flexen who has been awful all year. I’ll take the under.  

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