Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers Matchup

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The Toronto Blue Jays are ready to take on the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. Fox Sports Southwest will televise this AL matchup and the game is scheduled to get underway at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers Odds

Vegas has listed Toronto (+120) as the underdog to Texas (-140). Bettors are able to wager on the games total with odds sitting at -110 for over 9.5 runs and -110 for under 9.5. The games most recent runline odds sit at -125 for betting the Blue Jays -1.5 runs and +115 for the Rangers +1.5 runs.

The Rangers are 3-6 SU and 3-5 ATS. They’ve lost 0.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.2 units against the spread (ATS). The Blue Jays have gone 5-3 SU this year and are 4-3 ATS. In total, the teams lost 0.1 units for moneyline bettors in this young season, but have gained 2.4 units ATS.

Texas games have a 2-5-1 over/under record so far in 2018. Toronto has an over/under record of 2-5.

The Blue Jays have gained 1.0 units and are 1-0 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in zero of those games, as opposed to one that’ve gone under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Rangers have lost 1.3 units and are 2-4 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs cashed in two of those games, compared to three that’ve gone under.

Right-hander Marcus Stroman (0-0, 7.20 ERA) will get the start for the visiting Blue Jays. Stroman started 33 games last year while finishing the season 13-9 overall with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

The Rangers are rolling with lefty Mike Minor (0-1, 3.86 ERA) as their starter. Minor recorded 88 strikeouts in 77 innings last year (with only 22 walks). Minor finished the season 6-6 overall with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.

As a unit, Texas pitchers have yielded 4.8 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starters have a 4.64 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.21 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9.4 K/9.

The Texas hitters are putting up 3.2 runs per contest, including 3.6 per game over their last five. The teams hit .260/.306/.373 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Rangers hitters have been led by Shin-soo Choo and Elvis Andrus. Choo is hitting .313/.371/.656 with 10 hits, five RBIs and four runs scored, and the line for Andrus stands at .371/.421/.543 with 13 hits, three RBIs and five runs scored.

In the other dugout, Toronto’s pitching staff allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 4.34 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 9.26 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.42, along with a K-per-9 of 9.23.

Blue Jays hitters have slashed .240/.321/.454 on their way to 5.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including over the teams last five outings (4-1 SU).

Toronto’s hitters have been led by first baseman Justin Smoak and third baseman Yangervis Solarte. Smoak is slashing .379/.457/.759 with 11 hits, 10 RBIs and six runs scored, while Solarte (.273/.407/.636) is up to six hits, two homers, three RBIs and four runs scored.

Solarte had some trouble hitting lefty pitching last year. Over 142 plate appearances, he maintained a slash line of .211/.275/.289 (his total season line was .255/.314/.416).

Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Blue Jays, ATS Winner – Blue Jays, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The Blue Jays went 4-3 SU against the Rangers in 2017.
  • The Blue Jays have won five of their last six games SU,
  • The Rangers bullpen managed 1.71 ERA against the Blue Jays last year.