Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers - 5/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (15-11) at Toronto Blue Jays (12-15)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
M Perez (1-2) (4.20) vs. M Estrada (1-2) (2.92)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -175 / Texas Rangers +165 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, RSN1
Tuesday evening at Rogers Centre, game two of an early-week series between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays is coming our way.
During Monday’s game one, the Rangers eked out a 2-1 victory for an early 1-0 series lead.
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For Tuesday’s game, the Rangers will be bringing out left-hander Martin Perez to the mound. It’s been a shaky five starts for Perez thus far in 2016, as he’s accumulated a 4.20 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP and a 1-2 record in 30 overall innings. Back on Wednesday in his most recent outing, Perez went six innings, holding the Yankees to two runs in his first victory of the year.
The Rangers have a pretty impressive batting order, with lots of capable hitters. Adrian Beltre has been solid with his 28 hits, 11 runs and 15 RBI. Elvis Andrus is also hitting well with 26 hits and 13 RBI of his own. Ian Desmond is the team’s run leader with 21, and has 11 RBI to go along with them. That said, Beltre, Andrus and Desmond combined to go 0-for-11 in the opener on Monday.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Marco Estrada on the mound. Despite his 1-2 record, Estrada has pitched fairly well on a 2.92 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across four starts and 24.2 innings. On Wednesday against the White Sox, Estrada put up three earned in 6.2 innings.
The potent Blue Jays lineup can score runs on just about anybody. Josh Donaldson leads the way with a whopping 26 runs, 30 hits, nine homers and 21 RBI. Kevin Pillar has also been good with 29 hits and 11 runs. Jose Bautista has had a few bumps in the road, but has managed 16 runs and 18 RBI. Bautista went 0-for-4 on Monday to put his BA back down to .231.
The Rangers are 8-1 in their last nine Tuesday games, but just 1-7 in Perez’s last eight starts. As for Toronto, they are just 1-6 in their last seven Tuesday games, and 7-3 in Estrada’s last 10 home starts.
I like Estrada in the pitching matchup here, and with that Blue Jays lineup behind him a Toronto victory seems the most likely outcome. The under doesn’t seem to be a bad play either.