Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers - 10/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (90-73) at Texas Rangers (95-67)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 4:38 pm (Globe Life Park)
M Estrada (9-9) (3.48) vs. C Hamels (15-5) (3.32)
The Line: Texas Rangers -140 / Toronto Blue Jays +120 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Thursday in the MLB, the American League Division Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers will kick off at Globe Life Park.
The Blue Jays earned their spot in this series by bagging a 5-2 victory over the Orioles on Tuesday. The Rangers finished 95-67 on the year, tops in the American League.
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Pitching for the Blue Jays on Thursday will be RHP Marco Estrada. In his 29 games and 9-9 record this year, Estrada has put up a 3.48 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP in 176 innings. In his last starts, Estrada put up a no-decision in Boston with five innings, four hits and one earned.
Toronto has some great hitters on their roster. Josh Donaldson finished the regular season with 164 hits with 122 runs, 37 runs and 99 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion was able to put up 158 hits with 99 runs, 42 homers and 127 RBI. Kevin Pillar got to 146 hits with 59 runs and 53 RBI.
Over on the Rangers’ side, we’ll be seeing LHP Cole Hamels in the starting role Thursday. Across 32 games and a 15-5 record this season, Hamels logged a 3.32 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP in 200.2 innings. Over seven innings in a no-decision against Milwaukee his last time out, Hamels put up eight hits and three earned.
As for the Rangers, they’ve got some great bats as well. Ian Desmond has logged 178 hits with 107 runs, 22 homers and 86 RBI in the regular season, while Adrian Beltre got to 175 hits with 89 hits, 32 homers and 104 RBI. Rougned Odor managed to put up 164 hits with 89 runs, 33 homers and 88 RBI.
The Blue Jays are 6-1 in their last seven game ones of a series, and 9-2 in their last 11 games against a left-handed starter. Toronto is also 8-2 in Estrada’s last 10 starts on grass, and 8-3 in Estrada’s last 11 road starts.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 4-0 in their last four games following an off day, and 13-3 in their last 16 game ones of a series. Texas is also 52-25 in their last 76 home games and 2-6 in their last eight playoff games.
I’d like to pick the Blue Jays here, but I like Hamels in the pitching matchup a little too much. If Hamels can get out to a good start, the Rangers should be a able to take care of the rest on offense and cruise to a victory.