Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays ALDS Game One - 10/8/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (88-74) at Toronto Blue Jays (93-69)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 3:37 pm (Rogers Centre)
Y Gallardo (13-11) (3.42) vs. D Price (18-5) (2.53)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -225 / Texas Rangers +207 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports
The Texas Rangers visit the Rogers Centre for game one of the ALDS versus the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday.
Before the season began most experts had penciled in the Los Angeles Angels as the team to beat in the American League West for the second straight season. The Astros led the division for most of the year but the Rangers fought off the Angels and Houston to win one of the toughest divisions in the game. The pitching wasn’t the greatest with a 4.25 team ERA but the offense was able to make up for this weakness with the third ranked offense that averaged 4.64 runs with 172 homers and 101 stolen bases for a nice combination of power and speed. The Rangers turn to 13 game winner Yovani Gallardo for the start in the ALDS opener at the Rogers Centre. Gallardo has gone 13-11 in 33 starts in his first season with Texas with a 3.42 ERA.
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It’s been awhile since the Toronto Blue Jays have participated in the postseason although they have been a threat for a number of years yet never seemed to live up to their potential. The Blue Jays have long been known for their ability to do plenty of damage at the plate but with Mark Buehrle, Marco Estrada and David Price the pitching can no longer be overlooked. Of course the Jays offense still can light it up with the top ranked attack averaging 5.50 runs while slamming a MLB high 220 long balls so the team now has some pitching to go along with a prolific offense which is not good for opponents. The Blue Jays send ace David Price to the bump in the ALDS opener against the Rangers on Thursday. In eleven starts for Toronto Price has gone 9-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 74.1 innings.
The over is 14-5-2 in Texas last 21 overall and the under is 10-4-2 in their last 16 Thursday games while the Rangers are 7-2 in Gallardo’s last 9 starts. The under is 6-2 in Toronto’s last 8 Thursday games while Toronto are 42-17 in their last 59 home games and 43-18 in their last 61 overall. The under is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings and Texas are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings. The world will be on Toronto and Price and I can’t argue but Gallardo has given the Jays some trouble and the chalk is steep…