The Texas Rangers are playing host to the Toronto Blue Jays at Globe Life Park. This AL matchup will begin at 8:05 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Southwest to catch the game.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers Odds
Oddsmakers are listing Texas (-150) as the favorite over Toronto (+140). If you think the game’s total will go under 10.5 runs, Vegas is currently offering -115 odds. Picking the over will return -105 odds. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the most recent odds coming in at Blue Jays +1.5 runs (-155) and Rangers -1.5 runs (+135).
The Rangers are 14-15 straight up (SU) and 17-12 against the spread (ATS). The team has gained 4.8 units for moneyline bettors and 0.8 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The Blue Jays are 14-17 SU and have gone 18-12 against the spread. Overall, the team’s accumulated 0.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline over the early portions of the year and 5.0 units ATS. Toronto has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven.
Texas games have a 17-11-1 over/under record so far in 2019. Blue Jays games have gone under 17 times, gone over 12 times and pushed on one occasion.
Trent Thornton will get the nod for the Blue Jays. The right-handed Thornton (0-3, 5.08 ERA) has racked up 33 punchouts in 28.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.
The Rangers are sending lefty Mike Minor (3-2, 2.88 ERA) to the mound. Minor has 39 punchouts and 12 walks to his name, along with a 0.91 WHIP. Minor made two starts against the team in 2018, posting a perfect 2-0 record in 2018, posting a spotless 2-0 record with a 3.75 ERA and 11 strikeouts.
As a unit, Texas’ pitching staff has given up 5.7 runs per game overall in 2019. The team’s starters have an ERA of 5.83, a WHIP of 1.58 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.0. The bullpen has a 5.17 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 7.7 K/9.
The Texas hitters have put up 5.9 runs per outing, including 6.6 per game over its last 10 games and 8.4 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .277/.361/.524 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.
The Rangers’ offense has been led by Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo. Andrus is slashing .348/.411/.563 with five home runs, 20 RBIs, 19 runs and six stolen bases, and Choo is batting .330 with four homers, 13 RBIs and 21 runs.
In the other dugout, Toronto’s pitching staff allowed 3.9 runs per game and its starters own a 3.47 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.24 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.45, along with a K-per-9 of 9.36.
Blue Jays hitters have slashed .227/.293/.379 on their way to 4.0 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.5 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).
Toronto’s offensive production has been sparked by Randal Grichuk and Freddy Galvis, who collectively have swatted 10 home runs. Grichuk is hitting .254/.307/.449 with five home runs, 14 RBIs and 17 runs scored, while Galvis (.286/.306/.467) is up to five homers, 12 RBIs and 14 runs scored.
The Blue Jays have gained 6.3 units and are 6-2 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in two of those games, as opposed to six that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 4.9 units and are 13-9 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 13 of those games, as opposed to nine which went under the total.
Blue Jays at Rangers Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, ATS Winner – Blue Jays, O/U – OVER
- Toronto has recorded 16 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Texas has 25 XBH over its last five.
- The Blue Jays have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 19 over their last 10.
- The Blue Jays have a team OPS of .671 this season and an OPS of .666 against left-handed pitchers. The Rangers’ OPS sits at .805 overall and .671 against southpaws.
- Texas has posted 27.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 31.2 over its last five.