Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers - 5/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (14-10) at Toronto Blue Jays (12-14)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
A Griffin (3-0) (2.52) vs. R Dickey (1-3) (6.75)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -137 / Texas Rangers +126 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays renew hostilities for the first time since last year’s classic ALDS where there were fireworks aplenty including the infamous Jose Bautista bat flip.
The Texas Rangers head into the Rogers Centre on Monday night looking to make amends for their melt down in the seventh inning of game five in last year’s ALDS and while there has been plenty of time that has passes since the incident you can be sure they have had this game circled since the final out was recorded in that series. AJ Griffin is surely to throw his first ball of the third at bat of the bottom of the first inning straight into the back of Jose Bautista as the unwritten rules of baseball rear their head once again and while Griffin wasn’t a part of last year’s series you can bet he will do what is expected of him in front of what should be a very loud and raucous Toronto crowd. AJ Griffin is 3-0 to start the year with a 2.52 ERA and he will face off against RA Dickey who has struggled to start the year with a 1-3 mark and a 6.75 ERA that he will need to keep in check against a solid Rangers lineup.
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The Blue Jays meanwhile were the beneficiaries of three Rangers errors in the infamous seventh inning last year and while we may not see Sam Dyson in this one we were certainly see Bautista who will surely have that evening fresh in his mind. Toronto is coming off a nice win against the Rays in Tampa yesterday in which twirled a gem on his birthday and now that they are heading home for what should be an incredibly electric atmosphere you can bet they will be ready to go.
The Rangers are 6-1 in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, 12-5 in their last 17 series openers, and 15-7 in their last 22 against the American League West while the Blues Jays are 6-0 in Dickey’s last six starts against the AL West, 22-8 in their last 30 against the AL West overall, and 8-3 in his last 11 Monday starts which sets up a very exciting contest here. The value here lies with the Rangers who have the better pitcher going but Toronto is surely going to be fired up to play in this game and in the end their motivated bats should be the difference.