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MLB: Jays Aim to Stay Alive vs Rangers

The Toronto Blue Jays find themselves in a hole against Texas in their American League Divisional Series and will look to stave off elimination Sunday in the Lone Star State. Texas came into Toronto and looked like the team that’s been there before, leaving Canada with a 2-0 series lead on the heels of a 14-inning 6-4 marathon victory.

Shark Bites
  • Toronto RHP Brett Cecil will miss the postseason with a torn right calf.
  • Texas slugger Adrian Beltre remains day-to-day with a back injury.
  • The Blue Jays are 8-2 in their last 10 games in Texas.

Marco Estrada and Martin Perez will get the start for the Jays and Rangers, respectively. Estrada had a 2.78 ERA after the All-Star break, good enough for the second-best mark in the American League. Perez will be making his first ever-postseason start and has never faced the Blue Jays before.

Despite owning a two-game series lead, sportsbooks are still tabbing the Rangers as underdogs in this one. Given the Blue Jays’ penchant for offensive explosions, that’s not much of a surprise. Toronto has not yet looked like a team that deserves to be favored in the postseason, however.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Texas Rangers were listed as 113 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 9 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 6.6-5.9 victory for the Rangers. 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 bring a 90-74 record to the battle against the 93-71 Blue Jays. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Toronto injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 1 (Texas Rangers) and the No. 3 (Toronto Blue Jays) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Texas Rangers No. 3 ranked offense (4.65 runs per game) against a Toronto Blue Jays defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 at 4.15 runs allowed per game. The Texas Rangers have been averaging 8.74 hits per game, less than the Toronto Blue Jays have managed so far this season (9.1 hits on average).

Toronto brings the No. 12-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Rangers's No. 22-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 8 games
  • Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games on the road
  • Texas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of Texas's last 21 games
  • Texas is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Texas's last 13 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at Texas, Monday, October 12th

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