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Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 5/4/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Saturday May 4, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Globe Life Park
Arlington, TX
The Line
Texas Rangers -135 / Toronto Blue Jays +115 -- O/U: 10
TV Channel
RSN, FS-Southwest
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers meet in game two of a three game set in MLB action from Globe Life Park on Saturday night.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to get back on track after picking up a 1-0 win in 12 innings on Friday night. Eric Sogard, Freddy Galvis, Randal Grichuk and Brandon Drury each had two hits with Galvis adding a double. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Rowdy Tellez and Teoscar Hernandez each had base hits as well to cap off Toronto’s offense as a team in the win. Trent Thornton threw seven hitless innings, striking out five, not factoring in the decision. Daniel Hudson got the win to improve to 1-1 while Ken Giles picked up his 7th save of the season. Thomas Pannone will start game two and is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Pannone’s first career start against Texas.

The Texas Rangers will look to rebound and bounce back after being shut out in game one on Friday. Elvis Andrus had a double while Shin-Soo Choo, Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo each had base hits as Texas cranked out just four hits as a team in the losing effort. Mike Minor threw eight scoreless innings, giving up just seven hits while striking out nine, not factoring in the decision. Ariel Jurado took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year. Lance Lynn will start game two and is 3-2 with a 5.45 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lynn is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA and 24 strikeouts against Toronto.

Toronto is 4-1 in Pannone’s last 5 starts and 7-3 in their last 10 games against the AL West while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Texas is 2-7 in their last 9 games overall and 3-7 in their last 10 games against a left-handed starter while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 Saturday games. Toronto is 17-7 in the last 24 meetings between these two teams in Texas.

Texas being favored at home makes sense because we know a lot more about Lynn than what we will probably get from Pannone. However, Lynn has had struggles in a small sample size against Toronto in his career while the Blue Jays have had a lot of success in Texas. I think Toronto will be dying to get back to .500 after getting a brief taste of it, so I’ll side with Toronto for a second straight win on Saturday.

Pick:
Toronto +115

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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