Game 1 in their American League Division Series vs the Rangers wasn’t the worst possible outcome for the Blue Jays, but it was close. Their hired gun David Price underperformed on the mound, while their two best hitters, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista, left the game due to injuries. In a must win game, the Jays will send 24-year-old Marcus Stroman to hill. Stroman has been excellent since returning from a torn ACL on September 12, posting a 1.67 ERA and four wins in 27 innings pitched.
- The Blue Jays are 7-2 in their last nine games as favorites.
- Both Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista are in the lineup for Toronto.
- Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre is inactive (back).
The Rangers will counter with their big trade deadline acquisition, Cole Hamels. Since coming over to the American League, Hamels has gone 7-1 in 12 starts for the Rangers. In 13 career playoff starts, Hamels has a 7-4 record with a 3.09 ERA. He’s been especially sharp in division series starts, allowing seven total runs in five starts while averaging 9.9 strikeouts over nine innings.
The current Rangers lineup doesn’t have a lot of experience vs Stroman, only combining for 21 total at bats. In those 21 at bats, Stroman has been dominant, only allowing two hits and no walks. The Blue Jays have fared much better vs Hamels. In 70 career at bats they’ve combined for a .314 batting average.
Hamels is 0-4 in his career vs Toronto in four starts, and he’s only been a larger underdog once in his career (+192), which came this summer in his last start as a member of the Phillies.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
On the MLB moneyline for this betting odds matchup, Toronto sat as -175 favorites earlier in the day at Bodog. The over/under total was set at 8, according to MyBookie.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 6.5-5.7 win for the Rangers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Toronto Blue Jays sport a record of 93-70 heading into this matchup, while the Texas Rangers sit at 89-74 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Texas injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 3 (Toronto Blue Jays) and the No. 1 (Texas Rangers) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Toronto has baseball’s No. 1-rated offensive output, at 9.1 hits per game. The Texas Rangers average 8.73 hits per game, good for No. 10 on the list.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Toronto has the No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rangers own the No. 23 mark in runs allowed.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Rangers enjoyed a 5-3 victory at the expense of the Blue Jays on Thursday, with Y Gallardo throwing 5 innings of 4-hit ball at Rogers Centre.
- Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- Texas is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games when playing Toronto
- The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Texas’s last 17 games when playing Toronto
- Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 games
- Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
- Toronto is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing Texas
Next Betting Matchups
Texas home to Toronto, Sunday, October 11th