Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers close out their series on Sunday in Toronto. The Rangers are -160 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Toronto Blue Jays had plenty of chances to get the tying run across the plate and they have the go ahead run in scoring position several times as well and in the end it was a ball lost in the Sun that was their undoing on Saturday. Adeiny Hechavarria had two hits and David Cooper and Yunel Escobar each had hits as the Blue Jays scored just one run on seven hits. On the mound Carlos Villanueva allowed four hits and two runs while striking out four over 6.1 innings to fall to 6-3 on the year. For Sunday’s game Toronto looks to bounce back as they start Henderson Alvarez who has lost his last three starts. For the year Alvarez has allowed 165 hits and 71 earned runs while striking out 53 over 142.2 innings of work for a 4.48 ERA.
The Texas Rangers escaped several jams and hung on for the win in Toronto on Saturday. Nelson Cruz hit a two run home run and Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland each had two hits as the Rangers scored two runs on five hits. On the mound Roy Oswalt allowed two hits and a run while striking out five as he lasted just 4.2 innings to not factor in decision as Michael Kirkman got the win and Joe Nathan earned his 24th save. For Sunday’s game Texas starts Matt Harrison who has lost three of his last four decisions. For the season Harrison has allowed 155 hits and 55 earned runs while striking out 89 over 153 innings of work for a 3.24 ERA.
Toronto is 5-15 in their last 20 games overall, 1-4 in their last five games against a left handed starter, and 4-12 in Alvarez’s last 16 starts. Texas is 2-4 in their last six road games, 12-4 in their last 16 game three of a series, and 25-7 in Harrison’s last 32 starts as a favorite. Texas is 2-4 in their last six games in Toronto.
Texas is a big road favorite here but deservedly so as they should have no problem in this spot.
Texas Rangers -160 Toronto Blue Jays