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MLB Game Preview - Blue Jays underdogs vs Rangers at Toronto

Texas RangersToronto Blue Jays
July 29, 7:07 PM | TurfRogers Centre

Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays Odds

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The Toronto Blue Jays will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Texas Rangers invade Rogers Centre on Friday.

For the Blue Jays, Brett Cecil gets the ball, charged with keeping the Rangers hitters off the base paths. He'll face Alexi Ogando, 10-4 on the year.

View Texas vs Toronto Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Rangers listed as favorites of 125 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Blue Jays sit at No. 5 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rangers sit at an American League No. 3 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Toronto's American League No. 4-ranked scoring average of 4.8 runs per game, against a Rangers offense rated No. 3 and scoring 5.1 runs per game in the league. The Blue Jays have averaged 9 hits per game to date this season, less than the Rangers hitters have managed (9.6 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Toronto has the American League's No. 11-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rangers own the American League's No. 8 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Texas, they were a 4-1 winner as they battled the Twins at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -162 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Rangers grabbed a win last time out, defeating Scott Baker and the Twins 4-1 on Thursday at Rangers Ballpark.

Last time out for Toronto, they were an 8-5 winner as they battled the Orioles at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jays at -168 were rewarded, while the 13 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Toronto looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Orioles, an 8-5 final on Thursday in support of Carlos Villanueva at Rogers Centre.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 2-8
After a win are 7-3

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Texas are 5-5
After playing Baltimore are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Rangers at Blue Jays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas' last 9 games on the road
Texas is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games
Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 6 games
Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games at home
Toronto is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Texas
Toronto is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games

Next up:
Texas at Toronto, Saturday, July 30