Texas Rangers (9-17) vs Toronto Blue Jays (14-9)Date : 04/29/2018
Time : 1:07 PM
Location : Rogers Centre
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays look to close out a 3 game home series against American League opponent in the Texas Rangers. The Blue Jays want to end their little homestand with a win as they will play on the road for 8 straight games after this matchup. This is the only series between these two teams during the 2018 regular season.
Texas Rangers's Latest Performance :
Much Needed Win
The Texas Rangers have struggled all season which comes to the surprise of no one given their current roster, but the Texas Rangers were able to close out a series against an underrated Oakland Athletics team with a nice 4-2 win. The Rangers were able to receive some good pitching out of their bullpen as starter Doug Fister struggled in the early portion of the game. Fister was only able to last 4.2 innings where he gave up 2 earned runs on 4 hits, but the combination of Jesse Chavez, Alex Claudio, Chris Martin, and Keone Kela came in for the rest of the game holding the A’s hitless over 4.1 innings. The Rangers were happy to see a good game out of veteran Jesse Chavez who has struggled to find his footing in 2018 as he holds an ERA of 5.74 over 15.2 innings, but in this matchup, Chavez was able to give the Rangers 1.1 hitless innings with 2 strikeouts. The Rangers were able to find some offense from some unlikely sources as Ronald Guzman and Juan Centeno gave the Rangers 1 RBI apiece. Guzman and Centeno have combined for a batting average of .192 as they sit towards the bottom of the batting order so it was a relieving sight for the struggling Rangers to receive some offensive production out of these guys. The Rangers need to get all of their starters off the DL if they want to win some more games as the current roster that the Rangers field is not going to win more than 70 games.
Toronto Blue Jays's Latest Performance :
Can Toronto Break Through?
The Toronto Blue Jays have only made the postseason 2 times since their last World Series which occurred in 1993, and as good as the Blue Jays have started 2018 they may be on the outside looking in once again as the AL East host two of the best teams in the American League in the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Toronto found themselves in a fight with the Boston Red Sox this past week and although the Blue Jays were trading wins with loses their biggest concerns land with the production out of two of their newly acquired pieces. Both Aledmys Diaz came over from St. Louis and Yangervis Solarte came over from San Diego and although they sit 1 and 2 on the HR leaderboard for the Blue Jays they have struggled as of recent. Yangervis Solarte leads the team in HRs with 6, 3 of which came over the last 7 games but Solarte outside his HRs has struggled as in 26 ABs he has only 1 other hit that wasn’t an HR. Aledmys Diaz has also struggled over the recent stretch as at the beginning of April he was batting over .300, but after only going 2 for 26 over the last 7 games Diaz has dropped his batting average to a .191. The Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has picked up just where he left off in 2017 as he has 6 saves this season with a 1.74 ERA. The Blue Jays need to receive more production out of their top hitters if they want to contend in a deep AL East.
How Texas Rangers & Toronto Blue Jays Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Texas is 9-17, 5-5 on the road.
Toronto is 14-9, 8-4 at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Martin Perez (2-2, 9.82 ERA) for the Texas Rangers vs. J.A. Happ (3-1, 3.72 ERA) for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Perez last started on 4/22 against the Mariners where he went 6 innings giving up 2 earned runs on 7 hits in a W.
Happ last started on 4/24 against the Red Sox where he went 7 innings striking out 10 guys in a ND.
Toronto ranks in the top 10 in runs scored while Texas ranks in the bottom 10.
Toronto ranks outside the top 10 in team ERA while Texas ranks in the bottom 10.
Against The Spread Selection: Toronto Blue Jays
My reason for the pick :
The numbers don’t lie in this matchup as the starting pitching matchup is as lopsided as it appears. Perez gave the Rangers his best effort of the season but he still gave up a ton of hits meanwhile Happ had a good last outing against the best team in the MLB in the Boston Red Sox. Toronto knows they are a postseason-caliber team but they can’t lose games like this if they want a shot at the postseason and they won’t as they roll to a victory.
Betting trends for Texas Rangers:
- Texas is 9-14 with no rest this season.
- The under is 6-3-1 on the road this season.
Betting trends for Toronto Blue Jays:
- Toronto is 6-3 in day games this season.
- The over is 6-3-1 against teams outside the AL East.