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(915) Toronto Blue Jays at (916) Houston Astros

(915) Toronto Blue Jays at (916) Houston Astros
April 1, 2024 8PM EDT
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3% – Houston Astros -135 B Francis (RHP), R Blanco (RHP) Must Start

(3%) HOUSTON. Needless to say, this isn't the start that the Astros had in mind. It's a long season though and they should still be just fine. I expect them to have an advantage in today's series opener vs the Jays. Blanco made the rotation by delivering an excellent spring. After he struck out 10 in his final spring start, the same day Blanco and his wife had their second child, Houston manager Joe Espada said this: "What a day for Blanco. That was one gutsy performance. He's been in the hospital all morning, and then he comes here and competed for a spot, which he won. He's going to be in our rotation to start the season. I'm proud of his performance, and he had one heck of a spring." Toronto sends Bowden Francis to the mound. He's been a successful reliever but this will be his first start. While the Jays hope he'll develop into a solid starter, a hostile Houston team isn't the best place to start. Look for the Astros to break through with their first win. *good up to -150

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