Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers look to even the score with the Toronto Blue Jays as they meet for game two of their series. The Rangers are -175 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Texas Rangers will look to avenge their loss in game one of their series with Toronto. On Monday Yorvit Torreabla and Nelson Cruz both homered and Torreabla and Michael Young each had two hits but the Rangers didn’t generate enough offense to get the win. Colby Lewis allowed seven hits and six runs over five innings to take his third loss of the season though the Texas bullpen didn’t allow a run the rest of the way. On Tuesday Texas Starts Matt Harrison, who looks to bounce back from his fist loss of the year. For the season Harrison has allowed 18 hits and six earned runs while striking out 19 in 28.2 innings of work.
The Toronto Blue Jays are in fourth place in the American League East but at just three and a half games out of first, they are very much still in the mix. On Monday Corey Patterson, Jost Bautista, and Juan Rivera all homered and Patterson and Yunel Escobar had two hits each to pace the offense. On the mound Kyle Drabek allowed five hits and three earned runs over six innings and Jon Rauch picked up his fourth save after allowing a solo homer in the ninth. On Tuesday Toronto looks to Jesse Litsch for a quality start on the mound. For the season Litsch has allowed 18 hits and seven earned runs while striking out 16 in 17.1 innings of work.
Texas is 10-3 in their last 13 home games, 7-3 in their last 10 games as a home favorite, and 8-3 in Harrison’s last 11 starts against the AL East. Toronto is 6-2 in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, 3-7 in their last 10 road games, and 2-8 in Litsch’s last 10 starts. Toronto is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings of these two.
Both of these teams can hit and while the pitching is far from awful, I see plenty of offense in this one. I’m taking the over 9.5 runs in this ballgame