Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/18/14
Texas Rangers (38-57) at Toronto Blue Jays (49-47)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Yu Darvish (R) (8-5) (2.965) vs. R.A. Dickey (R) (7-9) (3.816)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +100 / Texas Rangers -110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TXA-21, SNET
The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers take the field Friday night for their first game since the All Star break.
The Rangers needed the All Star break more than anybody, as they’re 1-12 in the month of July and 19 games below a .500 record. As usual, the Rangers pitching staff has played a big part in these struggles, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in 12 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Rangers have the 29th worst ERA at 4.93. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Alex Rios has six extra base hits in his last 10 games. Starting is Yu Darvish, who is 8-5 with a 2.97 ERA and has 142 strikeouts in 115.1 innings. Darvish is 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA in six career starts against the Blue Jays.
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The Blue Jays have lost eight of their 12 games in the month of July, but are still two games above .500. The Blue Jays pitching staff has also struggled, allowing four or more runs in 11 of their last 15 games. Overall, the Blue Jays have the 24th worst ERA at 4.07. Offensively, Jose Bautista has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games and Jose Reyes is on a nine-game hitting streak. R.A. Dickey gets the nod, and he’s 7-9 with a 3.82 ERA and has 104 strikeouts in 125 innings. Dickey is 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA in six career games against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 4-1 in Darvishs last 5 starts vs. American League East and 1-4 in Darvishs last 5 starts overall. The Blue Jays are 9-3 in Dickeys last 12 home starts and 1-5 in Dickeys last 6 starts overall. The Rangers are 0-4 in Darvishs last 4 starts vs. Blue Jays.
I've asked the question many times during this month. Do you trust the Rangers with the way they've been playing the last several weeks? Me neither. Give me the Blue Jays.