Toronto vs Texas MLB Odds Preview
On Friday night, the Toronto Blue Jays open a three-game weekend set with the Texas Rangers, in a rematch from last year’s American League Division Series. The Blue Jays took three of four up in Toronto last week. The Blue Jays (18-18) are in third place in the American League East but just fell to the San Francisco Giants, 5-4, on Wednesday. The Rangers (20-15) are in second place in the American League West and just took twof of three from the White Sox, winning 13-11 on Tuesday and 6-5 on Wednesday. Find the latest MLB betting odds here.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Texas Rangers MLB Odds Preview
When: Friday, May 13, 2016, 8:05 PM Eastern time
Where: Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX
TV: RSN, FSSW
Radio: 105.3 FM The Fan Dallas
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: R.A. Dickey (1-4, 5.18 ERA) (TOR) vs Martin Perez (1-2, 3.51 ERA) (TEX)
Why should you bet on Toronto?
The Blue Jays will start R.A. Dickey on the mound in this game, and while he has struggled this season, he has quality starts in three of his last four games. Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson have both homered off Rangers starter Martin Perez, and both Donaldson and Russell Martin have a career .400 average against Perez. Tulowitzki has been hitting well lately, hitting a home run and a double in the Blue Jays’ win in San Francisco on Tuesday. The Blue Jays also delivered two walkoff wins and a rout in their four-game set with Texas up in Canada last week, so they have a little bit of momentum coming in.
Why should you put your money on the Rangers?
Starting pitcher Martin Perez is 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA in his last three starts, so poor run support is a contributing factor with his record. In his start against Toronto on May 3, he threw five scoreless innings. Several of the Rangers have hit well against R.A. Dickey, including Prince Fielder (.333, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 9 AB) and Mitch Moreland (.333, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 AB). Rookie sensation Nomar Mazara has taken over the #3 slot in the Rangers batting order and is holding onto it with clutch hitting.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like the Rangers to keep the Blue Jay offense in check with Perez on the mound and ride their recent momentum to a 5-2 victory.