Rangers at Blue Jays - 10/9/15 ALDS Game Two Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (88-74) at Toronto Blue Jays (93-69)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 9, 2015 at 12:45 pm (Rogers Centre)
C Hamels (13-8) (3.65) vs. M Stroman (4-0) (1.67)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays / Texas Rangers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB Network
The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays play game two of the ALDS Friday afternoon.
The Texas Rangers managed to steal game one and can now throw their ace on the hill to really take control of this series. The Rangers allowed just six hits to a solid Toronto lineup and managed to get timely runs whenever the Blue Jays were creeping back in the game. Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor each homered in game one, while Delino DeShields had two hits at the top of the order. The Rangers look like a confident bunch right now and have scored five or more runs in six of their last seven games. Cole Hamels gets the nod, and he’s 13-8 with a 3.65 ERA and 215 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
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The Toronto Blue Jays missed an opportunity with David Price on the hill and now have to win here to all but save their season. The Blue Jays did a nice job of making contact, as they struck out just four times, and Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion combined for three hits. Toronto needs better production from the bottom of its order if it's going to make it out of this series. Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Smoak combined for 0-8 with three strikeouts. The Blue Jays are in a must-win spot and have to put a lousy game one performance behind them on a quick turnaround. Marcus Stroman takes the hill, and he’s 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Stroman’s second career game against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series and 10-1 in Hamels' last 11 starts. The Blue Jays are 16-5 in their last 21 during game 2 of a series and 5-0 in Stromans last 5 starts. The under is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
The Rangers have the offense to keep up with the Blue Jays, which was obvious in game one. Also, Hamels has 13 career postseason starts under his belt while Stroman has been in the league for just two seasons and has never pitched on the big stage. I think Texas is going to steal another one with its ace on the mound.