Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers ALDS Game Two - 10/9/15 MLB 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 -200 / Texas Rangers +190 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays look to even their ALDS series with the Texas Rangers on Friday.
The Texas Rangers bucked the odds and opened the ALDS with a 5-3 victory at the Rogers Centre. Starter Yovani Gallardo has had success against the Blue Jays and that trend continued wit two runs given up on four hits and a free pass with Keone Kela serving up a solo bomb before the pen threw three scoreless frames. The offense totaled five hits and walked three times with Robinson Chrinos slamming a two run homer while Rougned Odor went solo and scored three times. Adrian Beltre knocked in a run with Delino DeShields Jr. going 2-4 with an RBI and run as four players did all the scoring and drove in all the runs. Left hander Cole Hamels looks to give the Rangers a 2-0 series lead on Friday. Hamels has been a great pickup for the Rangers with a 7-1 record and 3.66 ERA over 12 starts.
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On paper the Toronto Blue Jays had all of the advantages in their ALDS opener against visiting Texas but unfortunately the game didn’t play out in their favor on the field. Starter David Price and his struggles in the postseason continued with the left hander charged with all five runs on seven hits and a pair of bases on balls through seven innings. That was too much for the big offense of Toronto to overcome on their six hit attack. Jose Bautista cracked a solo homer with Edwin Encarnacion and Kevin pillar driving in runs while Ben Revere and Russell Martin scored. The Blue Jays turn to Marcus Stroman to even the series with the Rangers. Stroman has been outstanding the last three times out with just two runs plated on 16 hits and four BB in 22 innings.
The under is 13-3-2 in Texas last 18 Friday games and the over is 14-5-2 in their last 21 overall while the Rangers are 10-1 in Hamels' last 11 starts. Toronto are 42-17 in their last 59 home games and are 43-18 in their last 61 overall while going 45-20 in their last 65 games on astroturf. The under is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings and the Rangers are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings. I don’t know the status of Beltre, Bautista or Donaldson so for now I’ll take the Rangers and update…