Maybe the Toronto Blue Jays should move to the National League. After sweeping back-to-back games against the Arizona Diamondbacks last week, the Jays (56-44, –0.26 betting units) have the opportunity to take advantage of the San Diego Padres (43-57, +1.28 units). They’ll meet in the finale of a three-game series this Wednesday at Rogers Centre, starting at 12:37 PM ET on Sportsnet.
Marco Estrada (4.08 FIP) is scheduled to do the honours for Toronto. Estrada has nine quality starts in his last 10 games, but the Jays have dropped three of his last four to fall 1.93 units in the red on a team record of 9-8. San Diego rookie Luis Perdomo (4.84 FIP), on the other hand, is up 5.80 units on a record of 6-3, and he’s allowed just nine earned runs in four July starts.
This game is of special interest because the Blue Jays are reportedly the front-runners to land Padres outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. (.743 OPS) before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Upton has played reasonably well since arriving in San Diego last year, although Toronto’s outfield has been replenished with the return of Jose Bautista (.816 OPS) from the disabled list.