Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 5/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (19-18) at Texas Rangers (20-16)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
M Estrada (1-2) (2.39) vs. C Lewis (2-0) (3.20)
The Line: Texas Rangers +115 / Toronto Blue Jays -125 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays continue their series at the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays have a reputation for being an offense first team but their pitching lent a helping hand in their 5-0 victory at Texas on Friday. Blue Jays starter RA Dickey turned back the clock with a three hit shutout over eight frames to pick up the victory. The Jays bats did their damage on nine hits and four walks with Troy Tulowitzki cracking a three run homer while Edwin Encarnacion hit his 7th long ball of 2016. The Blue Jays are slated to start Marcos Estrada for game two at the Rangers. Estrada was outstanding last time out in a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers with a run scored on three hits over seven innings.
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The Texas Rangers never found the groove at the plate and their bullpen struggled in their series opening defeat to visiting Toronto. Rangers starter Martin Perez was a hard luck loser with a pair of runs given up (one earned) on four hits through 6.1 frames to get the loss while Tom Wilhelmsen serving up a pair of homers and three runs to put the game out of reach. The Rangers offense managed three hits and a base on balls with Rougned Odor, Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus smacking singles.The Texas Rangers give Saturday’s game two start versus the Blue Jays to Colby Lewis. Lewis comes off of an 8-4 defeat to the White Sox with a pair of runs given up on five hits in seven frames.
The under is 10-1 in Toronto’s last 11 on grass and is 17-4-1 in their last 22 road games while the over is 7-2-2 in their last 11 Saturday games. The over is 5-2-1 in the Rangers last 8 Saturday games and Texas are 39-18 in their last 57 home games while the over is 8-2 in Lewis' last 10 starts on grass. Toronto are 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in Texas and the under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Texas. I think Toronto has a slight edge but not a big one…