Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays meet for game two of their series in Arlington. The Rangers are -175 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 10.
The Texas Rangers jumped all over Toronto on Friday and never let up as they took game one of the series in a route. Josh Hamilton homered, Yorvit Torreabla had two hits including a home run, and Nelson Cruz had four hits including a three run home run as the Rangers scored 14 runs on 18 hits in all. On the mound Derek Holland was in cruise control as he allowed five hits and two runs while striking out nine over 7.1 innings of work for his fourth win of the year. For Saturday’s game Texas starts Colby Lewis who won last time out to end a personal three game losing streak. For the season Lewis has allowed 57 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 53 over 60 innings of work for a 3.30 ERA.
The Toronto Blue Jays were absolutely starched on Friday and they will be out for revenge on Saturday. On Friday Edwin Encarnacion had two hits including a home run, Jose Bautista had a hit, and Yunel Escobar had a hit as the Blue Jays had seven hits and scored three runs. On the mound Brandon Morrow was shelled allowing five hits and six runs and lasting just two-thirds of an inning to take his third loss of the year but the rest of the Jays pen was bashed as well in the pummeling. For Saturday’s game Toronto starts Henderson Alvarez who has lost his last two starts. For the season Alvarez has allowed 59 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 18 over 60 innings of work for a 3.30 ERA.
Texas is 14-4 in their last 18 home games against a team with a winning road record, 1-4 in their last five game two of a series, and 15-7 in Lewis’ last 22 starts as a favorite. Toronto is 2-9 in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning record, 1-5 in their last six games as a road underdog, and 0-4 in Alvarez’s last four starts against a team with a winning record. Toronto is 5-3 in the last eight meetings of these two.
I am torn on this one as I hate the odds on Texas but it’s tough to go against them after the beating they put on the Blue Jays on Friday.
Texas Rangers -175 Toronto Blue Jays