The Toronto Blue Jays have lost six of their last eight games, and they’ll send arguably their best starter to the mound Wednesday afternoon (3:10 PM ET, SNET) against the Colorado Rockies. Aaron Sanchez gets the nod for the Blue Jays against rookie southpaw Tyler Anderson, who’s making his fourth career start in the big leagues.
Sanchez (3.46 FIP) has outperformed his teammates this year, but Toronto (41-37, –5.22 betting units) is only up 0.90 units in his 15 starts on a team record of 9-6. Four of those losses were quality starts by Sanchez, including his last appearance, Friday’s 2-3 defeat at the hands of the Chicago White Sox (+148 at home).
The Rockies (37-39, 0.84 units) took Anderson in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft, out of the University of Oregon; he missed the 2015 season with a stress fracture in his elbow, delaying his big-league debut until earlier this month. Colorado has lost two of Anderson’s three starts, but the Las Vegas native has allowed just five earned runs over 17.2 innings, posting a tiny 1.62 FIP with zero home runs. Tuesday will be his first game against an American League opponent.