Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers ALDS Game Two - 10/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (92-73) at Texas Rangers (95-69)
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 -130 / Toronto Blue Jays +120 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays look to take a 2-0 ALDS lead at the Texas Rangers on Friday.
The Toronto Blue Jays escaped the Wild Card with an extra inning win versus the Orioles but they didn’t need to escape a thing in a 10-1 victory in the ALDS opener at Texas on Thursday. Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada picked up the win with the lone run allowed on four hits over 8.1 frames. The Jays pounded out 13 hits and walked six times with Melvin Upton Jr. going solo with Jose Bautista going 2-4 with a homer, four RBI’s and two runs. Josh Donaldson went 4-4 with two runs scored and two driven in while Troy Tulowitzki was 3-5 and drove in three. Left hander JA Happ draws the start in game two of the ALDS at the Rangers on Friday. On the year, Happ has been impressive with a 20-4 record and a 3.18 ERA over 32 starts.
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The Texas Rangers had the advantage of extra time off and sleeping in their own beds in hosting their AlDS opener against the Blue Jays but none of that did them any good as both the bats and arms struggled in the defeat. Rangers left hander Cole Hamels absorbed the loss with seven runs allowed (six earned) on six hits and a trio of BB before Jake Diekman gave up three runs on four hits in an inning. The Rangers offense was held to four hits and no walks with Shin-Soo Choo driving in Elvis Andrus with the lone run. The Rangers hand the ball to Yu Darvish to even the ALDS against the visiting Blue Jays. Darvish has only 17 starts on the season where has gone 7-5 with a 1.12 WHIP and 3.41 ERA.
The under is 8-2 in Toronto’s last 10 road games and is 23-7 in their last 30 on grass while going 9-3 in Toronto’s last 12 games following a win. Texas are 8-2 in Darvish’s last 10 starts and are 8-2 in Darvish’s last 10 starts on grass while the under is 10-4-1 in Darvish’s last 15 Friday starts. Toronto are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in Texas and are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
I think Happ is a tough guy to face for the Rangers who obviously don’t want to fall in to a 2-0 hole. I think Happ and the Blue Jays bats have other ideas…