The Toronto Blue Jays will need to buck history when they enter Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers Thursday. The Rangers are starting Yovani Gallardo, who is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA in three career starts against the Jays.
- The Blue Jays scored 127 more runs than any other team in baseball.
- The Rangers are the first team since 2006 to win their division after trailing by eight games in August.
- The Blue Jays went 40-18 over the final two months of the regular season.
The Jays will give the ball to David Price in their first playoff game since 1993. Though Price was acquired for just this situation, the leftie has struggled in the postseason with a 1-5 record and a 4.50 ERA in his career.
As of Thursday morning, the Blue Jays were -250 favorites for Game 1 according to Bodog, which would be the fourth biggest chalk in the history of the MLB playoffs.
The Rangers and Jays have met in two, three-game series this season with the Jays leading the season series 4-2. Toronto outscored the Rangers 34-21 in those six games, but had 24 of those runs coming in two games.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The Toronto Blue Jays were listed as -225 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 8 earlier at Bodog.
Odds – VSB
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Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Toronto Blue Jays bring a 93-69 record to the battle against the 88-74 Rangers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Texas injuries news.
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Toronto Blue Jays rated this week at No. 3 and the Texas Rangers sitting at No. 1.
The game also pits Toronto Blue Jays No. 1-rated offense, averaging 5.5 runs per game, against a Texas Rangers defense that ranks No. 23 at 4.52 in runs allowed per game. The Toronto Blue Jays have averaged 9.12 hits per game so far, more than Texas Rangers batters have averaged on the year (8.75 hits per game).
Texas brings the No. 23-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Blue Jays’s No. 12-ranked defense.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Rangers enjoyed a 9-2 victory at the expense of the Angels on Sunday, with C Hamels throwing 9 innings of 3-hit ball at Globe Life Park.
The Blue Jays were saddled with a loss last time out in M Buehrle’s start, as they lost 12-3 against Tampa Bay on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
- Texas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 13 of Texas’s last 19 games
- Texas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games on the road
- Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 6 games
- Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
- Toronto is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Texas
Next Betting Matchups
Texas at Toronto, Friday, October 9th