David Price has been spectacular since joining the Toronto Blue Jays last month but he has rarely fared well in Texas, where he will pitch Wednesday in the continuation of a three-game series with the Rangers. Price is 2-4 with a 5.37 ERA in his career against the Rangers, easily his highest ERA against an American League opponent.
Price has been even worse at Globe Life Park in Arlington, where the former Cy Young Award winner has been pounded for 21 runs in 25 2/3 innings across five rocky outings. Price will be tasked with trying to keep alive the latest winning streak for the Blue Jays, who took their fourth straight game by scoring twice in the top of the ninth inning in Tuesday’s series opener. The rally gave Toronto a one-game lead in the American League East and dropped the Rangers 4 1/2 back in the West. Texas, which has a half-game lead for the second wild-card spot, has listed second baseman Rougned Odor as day-to-day after he injured his right middle finger fielding a grounder Tuesday.
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, SNET (Toronto), FSN Southwest (Texas)
LINE HISTORY: The Rangers opened in the +152 vicinity, but are now +162. The total has remained at 8.5.
INJURY REPORT: Blue Jays – 2B Devon Travis (15-day DL, shoulder). Rangers – 2B Rougned Odor (Questionable, hand), LF Josh Hamilton (15-day DL, knee).
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-80s under clear skies. Wind will blow in from leftfield at around 6 mph.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Do the Jays deserve to be No. 1 in our Rankings? After all, they passed the Cards in run differential and are now the #1 team in that category in the Majors. But they haven’t been able to dominate their division the way the Cards have, so for now, they’ll have to settle for tops in the AL. The Rangers continued to show they’re serious about trying to win this season as they acquired OF Will Venable from the Padres. It’s a minor acquisition, but Venable could be a key addition, especially in light of Josh Hamilton’s third trip to the DL this season, last week.” Covers Expert Big Al McMordie.
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays LH David Price (12-4, 2.40 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Colby Lewis (14-5, 4.29)
Price yielded two runs in eight frames in a win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday to improve to 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA since joining the Blue Jays. That effort also left him 8-2 with a 1.96 mark in 13 road starts this season. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has feasted on Price, going 10-for-23 with five RBIs and six walks.
Lewis blanked Detroit over seven frames on Friday to win for the sixth time in his last seven starts. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 13 of his last 15 outings and has not issued more than two walks since June 25. The veteran will be careful when facing Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, who is 4-for-12 with two homers and six walks against Lewis.
* Blue Jays are 7-1 in the last eight meetings in Texas.
* Over is 4-0 in Lewis’ last four home starts vs. Blue Jays.
* Rangers are 8-1 in their last nine games vs. a left-handed starter.
* Over is 6-0 in Blue Jays last six road games.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Sixty-seven percent of Covers users are backing the Blue Jays.