Toronto Blue Jays vs. Colorado Rockies: Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 31, 2023

Can the Toronto Blue Jays take advantage of a struggling Colorado Rockies team that has lost nine of their last 10 games?

Toronto
89-73
AT
September 01, 2023, 8:40 PM ET
Coors Field
Colorado
59-103
Runline -1.5 -130
Moneyline -212
Over / Under o +12

92%

Betting Action

8%

Runline +1.5 +108
Moneyline +172
Over / Under u +12

92%

Betting Action

8%

No road trip is easy, but the Blue Jays start a six-game swing Friday night in which they could be favoured in every matchup. They are -185 on the MLB odds for the series opener in Denver against the terrible Colorado Rockies.

Betting Analysis

Some bad teams have a plan going forward. Toronto just finished a home series with Washington, and the Nationals could be very good very soon with a lot of young talent. Arizona and Cincinnati were both terrible in 2022 but are contending for playoff spots in 2023 because they both had such good farm systems.

Colorado is simply bad with an average farm system and no real path to playoff contention anytime soon. The local community despises ownership – the Monfort Brothers – because they won’t spend much on the big-league roster. No top free-agent starting pitchers will ever go to Denver as it is (barring a huge overpay) because they know their statistics will be wrecked pitching their home games in that thin air.

Bud Black has been the manager since the 2017 season, but it would be a shock if he’s back next year … unless the owners simply don’t want to pay Black not to manage in 2024.

Toronto leads the all-time series 11-10. They haven’t played since 2019.

Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto comes off a 3-3 homestand capped by a 7-0 win over Washington on Wednesday even though the Jays were without the likes of Bo Bichette, Matt Chapman, Brandon Belt and Kevin Kiermaier. The first two are on the injured list and won’t play in this series. Belt is day-to-day and might have been available to pinch-hit Wednesday if needed. Kiermaier simply got the day off. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single. Mason McCoy made his MLB debut, entering the game as a pinch-hitter for Ernie Clement in the eighth inning and playing shortstop in the ninth. It’s lefty Hyun Jin Ryu (3-1. 2.25) on the mound Friday, his sixth start of the year off Tommy John surgery. He has yet go to more than five innings and might not be allowed to all year – especially in Denver. Ryu hasn’t allowed a run in nine away innings. He hasn’t faced Colorado since 2019 while with the Dodgers but in 15 career starts against the Rockies is 5-7 with a 4.85 ERA. Charlie Blackmon hits him well, going 12-for-35 with three doubles and a homer.

Colorado Rockies

In previous seasons, it would be smart for the Rockies to outright tank this time of year to earn the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 MLB Draft, but a lottery was instituted this year. The Rox have MLB’s third-worst record at 49-84 and seem pretty locked into that spot. Colorado was swept three games at home by Atlanta to open this week and has one victory in its past 10 overall. Starting second baseman Brendan Rodgers missed the Braves series with an illness and is day-to-day. Former NL MVP Kris Bryant remains on the injured list. His big-money signing a few years ago has been yet another poor decision by this franchise. It’s Chris Flexen on the mound Friday; he was waived earlier this season by Seattle and is 1-6 with a 6.94 ERA combined in 2023. Flexen threw two scoreless inning of relief in Toronto on April 30 with the Mariners and is 0-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 18.1 career innings vs. the Jays. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is 4-for-7 with a double off him.

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