Texas vs Toronto MLB Betting Guide

Posted by Aaron . on May 4, 2016 in

On Thursday night, the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays finish their four-game series in Canada. This is a rematch of one of the American League Division Series last year and has already delivered excitement, with the Rangers (15-12, 2nd in the AL West) eking out a 2-1 win on Monday and the Blue Jays (13-15, 3rd in the AL East) having Justin Smoak (a former Ranger, no less) homer in the ninth to tie the game and then again in the tenth to win it. Find out more about the updated MLB lines here.

Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays MLB Betting Guide

When: Thursday, May 5, 7:07pm Eastern time
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON
TV: RSN1, FSSW
Radio: 105.3 FM The Fan Dallas
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: Derek Holland (3-1, 2.48 ERA) (TEX) vs J.A. Happ (3-0, 2.76 ERA) (TOR)

 

 

Why should you bet on Texas?

The Rangers lead all of baseball with 39 double plays turned, which is one reason why they’ve been able to hold opposing teams a little lower on the scoreboard. While J.A. Happ is having a solid season so far, the Rangers have had some success against him in the past (Prince Fielder — .375 in 16 AB, Adrian Beltre — .300 in 10 AB, 2 RBI) and Delino DeShields and Ian Desmond each .333. Nomar Mazara, the AL Rookie of the Month for April, has never faced Happ but has been torching pitching all season.

Why should you put your money on the Blue Jays?

Despite Derek Holland’s solid record this year, the Blue Jays enjoy seeing him on the mound. There’s Josh Donaldson (.333, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 18 AB), Edwin Encarnacion (.333, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 15 AB) and Troy Tulowitzki (.667, 3 AB) all licking their chops, and don’t forget bat-tossing showboat Jose Bautista (.267 but 1 HR and 4 RBI in 15 AB). Momentum will probably depend a bit on Wednesday’s game, but seeing your closer give up the game-tying home run and then another reliever blow the game the next inning has to wear on the Rangers’ confidence a bit. The Jays also send Happ to the mound, who has already induced eight ground ball double plays this year, second in the American League.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Given the success that the Blue Jays have had against Derek Holland throughout his career, I’m predicting a 5-3 Toronto win.