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Rangers open series against Blue Jays

Yu Darvish is expected to get the ball for the Texas Rangers on Thursday night as they open up a four-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays in betting action in Arlington.

Darvish is 7-2 on the season with a 2.75 ERA, but he hasn't managed to add to his win total since he beat the Tigers back on May 16. The righthander took a no-decision against Toronto last week, giving up two earned runs over his seven innings.

Esmil Rogers gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Blue Jays on this day; he's 0-0 on the season.

View Toronto vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Rangers as -210 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 5-rated Rangers and the league No. 10-ranked Blue Jays, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Texas has the American League's No. 7-rated offensive output, at 9.1 hits per game. The Blue Jays average 8.8 hits per game, good for No. 7 on the American League list.

Comparing defensive stats, Toronto owns the American League's No. 15-rated road mark, allowing 4.9 runs per game on the highway. Texas, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in scoring at home.

Texas lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Indians on June 12. Bettors who backed the Indians at +134 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Texas didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-2 to Cleveland on Wednesday at Rangers Ballpark.

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Texas are 5-5
After playing Chi White Sox are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few Blue Jays at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 10 games when playing on the road against Texas
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing Texas
Toronto is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Texas' last 10 games when playing at home against Toronto

Next up:
Toronto at Texas, Friday, June 14