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Hamels Lights Out in Close Out Games

Texas Rangers Cole Hamels

Thanks to a pair of huge wins in the Lone Star State, the Toronto Blue Jays have clawed their way back from an 0-2 hole in their American League Divisional Series against the Texas Rangers and will have an opportunity to advance to the next round in front of what’s sure to be a raucous crowd at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • Hamels has started five career playoff games in which his team can close it out, with his teams going 5-0.
  • The Rangers are 11-0 in Hamels' last 11 starts.
  • The UNDER is 8-1-1 in Stroman's last 10 outings.

Toronto rediscovered its dormant offense at Arlington Park and looked like the team that led the bigs in nearly every offensive category. To the surprise of many, Jays manager John Gibbons opted to bring ace David Price out of the bullpen in Game 4 with a sizeable lead to relieve R.A. Dickey, meaning it’s young gun Marcus Stroman’s turn to carry the torch in a clutch situation.

Cole Hamels will counter on the bump for the Rangers. The two hurlers could not be more different as Stroman is making just his second postseason start, while the 31-year-old Hamels has a World Series ring and MVP to his name.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Texas Rangers were 160 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 8.5 at Bet365 for those preferring over under betting.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Rangers to win this game 6.5-5.9. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Toronto Blue Jays bring a 95-71 record to the battle against the 90-76 Rangers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Texas injuries news.

The Toronto Blue Jays vs Texas Rangers odds would favor the Rangers if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Toronto is rated No. 3 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Texas is at No. 1.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Toronto Blue Jays and its No. 1-rated batting order, averaging 5.49 runs per nine innings, against the No. 3 line up of the Texas Rangers at 4.62 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Toronto has the No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rangers own the No. 23 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games
  • Texas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • Texas is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games when playing Toronto
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Texas's last 23 games when playing Toronto
  • Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto's last 10 games
  • Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Toronto is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games when playing Texas

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