Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays
|Date & Time||Monday August 12, 2019, 7:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers / Toronto Blue Jays -- Over/Under:
The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays meet Monday in MLB action at the Rogers Centre.
The Texas Rangers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rangers have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Texas Rangers have lost nine of their last 11 games when scoring three or less runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 121 hits and 55 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 213 hits and 103 RBI. Ariel Jurado gets the ball, and he is 6-7 with a 4.74 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. This will be Jurado’s second career game against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Blue Jays have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have won eight of their last 12 games when scoring four or more runs. Freddy Galvis leads the Blue Jays with 120 hits and 54 RBI while Randal Grichuk and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. have combined for 191 hits and 103 RBI. Neil Ramirez gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. Ramirez is 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League East, 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 1-5 in Jurados last 6 starts. The Blue Jays are 6-18 in their last 24 during game 1 of a series, 2-7 in their last 9 vs. American League West and 9-4 in their last 13 overall. The Rangers are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Toronto and the over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 6-2-1 in Blue Jays last 9 overall. The under is 4-1 in Rangers last 5 overall.
Jurado has allowed 37 hits and 24 earned runs in his last 35.1 innings, and he has a 4.10 ERA and .256 allowed batting average on the road. Ramirez hasn't pitched in the majors since May 17 after being released from the Cleveland Indians, as he's allowed 18 hits and 10 earned runs in 16.2 innings. Knowing that, it's got to be Rangers or pass for me. I can't confidently back a struggling pitcher who hasn't pitched in a MLB game in nearly three months. To be fair, Jurado isn't the easiest pitcher in the world to get behind, but he's had his moments and he has an offense behind him that's due for a breakout performance.