Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers - 5/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (15-13) at Toronto Blue Jays (14-15)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
D Holland (3-1) (2.48) vs. J Happ (3-0) (2.75)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -160 / Texas Rangers +150 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN1, FSSW
Rodgers Centre will come alive once again on Thursday, as the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays finish out their series.
This will be game four of a lengthy set this week. The Rangers took game one 2-1, but the Blue Jays responded with a 3-1 win on Tuesday. In Wednesday’s game, the two teams were tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth, when Toronto’s Russell Martin bagged a walk-off RBI hit to win the game for the Blue Jays.
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For Thursday’s matchup, the Rangers will be rolling with left-hander Derek Holland. It’s been a pretty solid campaign so far for Holland, as he’s rocking a 2.48 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP across five starts, 29 innings and a 3-1 record. On Saturday in his most recent starts, Holland tallied six scoreless innings on four hits against the Angels.
The Rangers feature a pretty well-rounded group at the plate. Adrian Beltre has played well with 30 hits, 16 RBI and 11 runs. Rougned Odor is also hitting on 18 runs, four homers, 16 RBI and 30 hits. Ian Desmond is getting in on the action with a team-high 21 runs, three homers and 12 RBI. Desmond went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, but did tally an RBI.
On Thursday, the Blue Jays will give the ball to left-hander J.A. Happ for the start. Happ has some solid numbers this year, featuring a 2.76 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and a 3-0 record in five starts and 32.2 innings. On Saturday in a no-decision against the Rays, Happ posted three runs on six hits in 6.2 innings of work.
The electric Blue Jays lineup features gobs of potential, but is flailing a bit lately overall. Josh Donaldson has been tearing it up this year on 31 hits, 26 runs, nine homers and 21 RBI. Donaldson whiffed on an 0-for-4 line on Wednesday. Edwin Encarnacion has been slumping lately but still carries 27 hits and 18 RBI. Encarnacion broke out with a homer and two RBI Wednesday. As for the similarly struggling Jose Bautista, he’s got 22 hits with five homers and 19 RBI. Bautista had a run and an RBI in Wednesday’s game.
The Rangers are 6-1 in their last seven Thursday games, but just 1-4 in Holland’s last five road starts. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 4-0 in Happ’s last seven starts, but 3-7 in Happ’s last 10 starts against the American League West.
This is one of a handful of nice pitching matchups across the MLB Thursday, so it’s tough to see a clear favorite. I like the Blue Jays’ offense (despite their recent struggles) slightly better, however. This seems to me like another good spot to side with the under if you’re the pragmatic type.