Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 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)
() () vs. C Hamels (15-5) (3.32)
The Line: Texas Rangers -140 / Toronto Blue Jays +120 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays head into Arlington to take on the Texas Rangers in the first game of their ALDS series on Thursday night.
The Blue Jays are coming off a dramatic, extra innings victory in the wild card game at home against the Baltimore Orioles and now set up a highly anticipated divisional show down with their bitter rivals that has the makings of a five game set. The Jays will send Marco Estrada to the hill here as he will face off against Cole Hamels in what should be a very exciting game to kick off the series but the Jays are going to have to hope Estrada can shut things down early and coast into the late stages of the game after a long night on Tuesday that saw them use a boat load of arms out of the bullpen. The Jays could also be without Roberto Osuna who left last night’s game with an apparent elbow injury and while he says he will be good to go in this one at what health remains the question in a series that should feature some very close games.
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The Rangers meanwhile are well rested and have been expecting a series with their new found rivals that extends back to last year’s ALDS which as well all know featured a ton of fireworks involving Jose Bautista and his infamous bat flip. The bad blood certainly carried over this year and with the Rougned Odor-Bautista incident taking center stage in the headlines in this series and the likelihood of seeing plenty of Jeff Bannister and John Gibbons at the top of the dugouts, this should be a great show down between two very good teams. The Rangers though have an edge in the sense they had an extra day off and with the Jays coming off such a dramatic game they might be in for a let down in game one.
The Blue Jays are 6-1 in their last seven series openers, 9-2 in their last 11 games against a lefty, and 8-2 in Estrada’s last 10 games on grass while the Rangers are 4-0 in their last four games following an off day, 13-3 in their last 16 during a series opener, and 18-3 in Hamels’ last 21 home starts. This is going to be an electric series and while I do think the teams match up very well and I think Estrada is capable of shutting this lineup down I feel the Rangers have the edge in game one after a long night for the Jays on Tuesday and their bullpen being drained.