Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers
|Date & Time||Sunday May 5, 2019, 3:05 PM (EDT)|
Globe Life Park in Arlington
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +125 / Texas Rangers -135 -- Over/Under: 10.5
The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers meet Sunday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Toronto Blue Jays could use a win after losing four of their last five games. The Blue Jays have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have won nine of their last 11 games when scoring four or more runs. Freddy Galvis leads the Blue Jays with 33 hits and 13 RBI while Randal Grichuk and Justin Smoak have combined for 58 hits and 33 RBI. Clay Buchholz gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 4.79 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Buchholz is 1-6 with a 4.40 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers look for another win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Rangers have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Texas Rangers have split their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 41 hits and 21 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo have combined for 62 hits and 39 RBI. Drew Smyly gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 7.80 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Smyly is 4-2 with a 2.76 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record, 2-5 in their last 7 Sunday games and 8-3 in their last 11 vs. American League West. The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games, 5-2 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 0-4 in Smylys last 4 starts. The Blue Jays are 18-7 in the last 25 meetings in Texas and the over is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 6-2-1 in Rangers last 9 overall. The under is 7-1 in Blue Jays last 8 overall.
Buchholz is a pitcher I haven't had any confidence in these last few years, and it hasn't changed this season where he's allowed three or more runs in his last three starts despite not going anymore than five innings. Smyly hasn't pitched in nearly three weeks and has given up 19 hits and 13 runs in 15 innings along with 10 walks. When I have two struggling pitchers who I don't trust on the mound, I tend to just side with the over. So, that's my play here.