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Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/17/14

Toronto Blue Jays (21-21) at Texas Rangers (20-21)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

Mark Buehrle (L) (7-1) (2.038) vs. Colby Lewis (R) (3-2) (4.989)

The Line: Texas Rangers -108 / Toronto Blue Jays -102 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SNET-1, FSN-SW

The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers will play game two of three on Saturday night.

The Blue Jays are finally a game over .500, as they have won four of their last five games, including a 2-0 win over the Rangers on Friday. Pitching hasn’t exactly been the Blue Jays strong point this season, but they have allowed just two runs in their last two games. Hitting is where the Blue Jays have gotten the job done this season, and Brett Lawrie has 13 hits in his last 10 games and Jose Bautista has nine RBI in his last 10 games. Mark Buehrle gets the start Saturday, and he’s 7-1 with a 2.04 ERA and has 31 strikeouts in 53 innings. Buehrle is 13-5 with a 3.14 ERA in 19 career starts against the Rangers.

Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/17/14

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The Rangers continue to underachieve, losing five of their last six games and falling two games below a .500 record. Much like the Blue Jays, the Rangers have a hard time pitching, allowing five or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. Despite having a loaded lineup, the Rangers are also having a hard time putting runs on the board, and Prince Fielder still has just three homeruns on the season. Robbie Ross will get the nod, and he’s 1-4 with a 5.04 ERA and has 32 strikeouts in 44.2 innings. This will be Ross’ first career start against the Blue Jays. 

The Blue Jays are 7-1 in Buehrle's last 8 starts and 8-2 in Buehrle's last 10 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Rangers are 0-5 in Ross' last 5 starts and 0-6 in their last 6 games as a home underdog. 

Buehrle is pitching like he was back in his White Sox days. When you add that to the way the Blue Jays are putting runs on the board and the constant struggles with the Rangers, I'll gladly take the Blue Jays at this price. 

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Toronto Blue Jays -102

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