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Jays Aim for First .500 Record Since Start of Season

Losing nine of the first 10 games was not an ideal way to start 2017 for the Toronto Blue Jays and the journey back to .500 has been an interesting one, to say the least. Their win last night brought them back within one game of level pegging for the sixth time this month and another W this afternoon would give them the series against the Rangers as well as their first .500 record since they were 0-0.

SHARK BITES
  • The Blue Jays are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when they’ve been within one game of .500.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Rangers' last 7 games during the afternoon.
  • The Blue Jays are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games with Marcus Stroman as the starting pitcher.

Marcus Stroman (7-3, 3.15 ERA), who’s pitched four consecutive quality starts, will give the Jays an excellent shot at leveling their record today. The fourth-year pro was nearly untouchable in his only other start against the Rangers, holding them to just four hits and no runs over seven innings of work in his rookie season.

Stro will square off with lefty Martin Perez (3-6, 4.72) in the close-out contest and should give Toronto the edge on the starting bump. The Jays have, however, not performed well against lefty starters as they’ve managed to hit just .234 against them while earning a 5-11 straight-up record when facing a southpaw.

Additionally, the Rangers have been great as underdogs of late, going 8-2 straight up and 9-1 on the runline in their last 10 when they’ve closed as moneyline dogs.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The moneyline was hovering in the range of 117 for the Texas Rangers in this one over at Bovada. The over under number was sitting near 10.5 at 5Dimes.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.2-4.2 result in favor of the Blue Jays. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Toronto Blue Jays vs Texas Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Texas Rangers sport a record of 35-36 heading into this matchup, while the Toronto Blue Jays sit at 35-36 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Toronto injuries news.

The Texas Rangers sit at No. 16 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Toronto Blue Jays sit at No. 17 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Toronto Blue Jays rank No. 23 at 8.28 hits per game. That compares with the Texas Rangers No. 27 ranking in that category.

Toronto brings the No. 14-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Rangers's No. 16-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Toronto rolled to a 7-5 win against Texas on Wednesday, as Joe Biagini and the Blue Jays' bats led the team to victory at Globe Life Park.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 8 games
  • Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games on the road
  • Texas is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Texas is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas's last 7 games
  • Texas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at Kansas City, Friday, June 23rd
Texas at New York, Friday, June 23rd

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