Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers – MLB April 7

Toronto Blue Jays (3-2) at Texas Rangers (2-3)

  • Time: 11:05AM PST – 1:05PM CST – 2:05PM EST
  • Place: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
  • TV: SNET | Bally Sports Southwest | MLB Extra Innings

Opening Tip

It’s the rubber game of the three-game series as the Blue Jays took a 6-2 win on Monday night while the Rangers checked in with a 7-4 win Tuesday.

Toronto leads the Rangers 5-0-2 in season series since 2013 as they are 29-18 in the regular season vs. Texas over that span. This equates to a .617 winning percentage which is the highest against any AL team in that stretch.

Texas looks for a win in the series before hosting San Diego this weekend while Toronto opens its season against the Angels at the Blue Jays spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida

Blue Jays:

  • The UNDER has been the play in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of the last 10 Blue Jays vs. Rangers games in Texas
  • The Jays are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games vs. the AL West

Rangers:

  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Rangers’ last 6 games
  • The OVER is also the play in 4 of the Rangers’ last 6 games vs. an AL opponent
  • Texas is 10-5 SU in the last 15 games vs. the AL East

Last Time Out

Nate Lowe hit two home runs and Dane Dunning picked up the win as he struck out six in five innings to lead the Rangers to a 7-4 win on Tuesday. Ronald Guzman and Jonah Heim also homered for the Rangers while Bo Bichette had a pair of blasts for the Blue Jays.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Blue Jays -1.5 (-125) -190 O 8.5 (-115)
Rangers +1.5 (+105) +175 U 8.5 (-105)

The Starters

  • Hyn Jim Ryu goes back to the mound Wednesday afternoon in the third game of the series with Texas. Ryu had a no-decision in the season opener against the Yankees that the Blue Jays eventually won 3-2 in 10 innings. He gave up two runs on four hits in 5.1 innings.
  • Kyle Gibson started on opening day in Kansas City for the Rangers and lasted only 0.1 innings as he gave up five runs on four hits and walked three. He still received a no-decision in the 14-10 loss to the Royals.

Blue Jays Bats

Toronto Blue Jays LogoThe Blue Jays have the makings of a sluggers’ line up with Vladmir Guerrero, Jr., Randal Grichuk, and Bo Bichette as the anchors. Guerrero had a hit in each of his first four games before going 0-for-4 last night. His home run on April 4 helped the Blue Jays subdue the Yankee, 3-1, and win the series….Grichuk is 8-for-16 with three multiple-hit games in his first five as he also homered the same day as Guerrero….Blue Jays’ catchers are only 1-for-15 to start the season.

Jays Chatter:

Closer Julian Merriweather has faced six batters and struck out five in recording saves in first two appearances….Former Ranger Marcus Semien has now played in 102 games against his former team. He went 13-for-41 with three doubles, two homers and six RBI last season. He has only four hits so far this season….

Center-fielder George Springer will make his Blue Jays debut on Thursday evening in Dunedin, Fla. when the Blue Jays host the LA Angels. Springer, the 2017 World Series MVP, has been battling a strained left oblique muscle.

Rangers Bats

Texas Rangers LogoIsiah Kiner-Falefa and David Dahl lead the Rangers have seven hits each over the first five games as they trail Nate Lowe’s eight. Kiner-Falefa is 3-for-8 with a pair of runs in the first two games of this series while Dahl went 2-for-4 last night….Center-fielder Leody Taveras is only 1-for-16 with a walk and 11 strikeouts in the first five games….Lowe’s 14 RBIs in five games are the most in Rangers’ history.

Rangers Chatter:

Joey Gallo is 0-for-6 in the first two games against the Blue Jays after going 5-for-10 with four runs vs. the Royals in the season-opening four game series….Going into yesterday’s game, the Texas staff ERA was 8.74 which was the highest in MLB and the 34 runs allowed were the second most to Oakland’s 45….Rangers’ relievers have 23 innings pitched while their starters have tallied 20.

The Bets
Toronto Blue Jays
-190
OVER 8.5 Runs
-115
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