Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 10/7/16 ALDS Game 2 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (91-73) at Texas Rangers (95-68)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 7, 2016 at 1:08 pm (Globe Life Park)
J Happ (20-4) (3.18) vs. Y Darvish (7-5) (3.41)
The Line: Texas Rangers -127 / Toronto Blue Jays +107 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays look to build on their massive 10-1 thrashing of the Texas Rangers in game one of their ALDS show down on Thursday when the two sides meet up again on Friday afternoon.
The Blue Jays caught everyone off guard as they got to Cole Hamels early and often on Thursday night and cruised to a surprising 10-1 series opening victory with Marco Estrada on the mound and now they turn to JA Happ who was excellent this season and should match up well with Yu Darvish. Toronto is very streaky with the bats and right now they are on an upswing and that is terrible news for the Rangers who are a team that hits more for contact and uses their speed on the paths, but with Toronto finding another dimension to their offense and setting up a stretch without having to face Texas’ best pitcher it could be a quick series for the wild card winners.
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The Rangers were downright awful on Thursday night and were completely caught off guard with Toronto’s offense as well as the effort put forth by Estrada who is out tp replicate his postseason effort from a season ago. Texas had a number of fielding errors that could have changed the outcome of last night’s game with the biggest being the folly from Ian Desmond that allowed three runs to come in on a Troy Tulowitzki triple which ultimately sealed the Rangers’ fate. Darvish needs to have a big effort here and keep Bautista and the Toronto bats in check or else the Rangers could be going back to Toronto down 0-2 and face a very steep mountain to climb from there.
The Blue Jays are 8-1 in Happ’s last nine starts on grass, 13-3 in Happ’s last 16 starts when their opponent scores two runs or less in their previous game, and 4-0 in his last four road starts while the Rangers are 8-2 in Darvish’s last 10 starts, 1-7 in their last eight divisional playoff games, and 5-0 in their last five Friday games. The Jays were exceptional on Thursday and got a ton of bounces and while many expect the Rangers to rebound here thanks to a strong outing from Darvish I think it is the Jays that have the edge as Happ was a 20 game winner this season.