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Blue Jays Happy to Visit Arlington

Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays MLB

Slowly but steadily, the Toronto Blue Jays are getting back into that 2015 form that saw them get to the American League Championship Series before losing to the Kansas City Royals. The beginning to the 2016 season hasn’t been what many fans had hoped, but a weekend series at the Texas Rangers could be the impetus for a run up the American League East standings.

Shark Bites
  • UNDER is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two clubs.
  • Blue Jays are 4-1 SU in their last five road games.
  • OVER is 5-1 in the Rangers’ last six games overall.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Jays at -140 in moneyline markets while the Rangers come in at +120. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 9 runs is priced at -120 while UNDER 9 runs is currently -110.

The Jays took Game 1 of the three-game, weekend series by a score of 5-0 thanks to homers from Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki and great perormance from R.A. Dickey.

The win was Toronto’s four-straight in five meetings between the two clubs this season and their visits to Arlington have been even more impressive. In their last 13 trips (including last season’s ALDS), the Jays have gone 11-2 SU.

Marco Estrada will look to continue an excellent month of May for Toronto pitching. Since the beginning of May, Jays pitchers have posted an ERA of 1.59 which includes a previous Estrada start versus the Rangers. The righty allowed one earned run on just two hits over six innings in a 3-1 Jays win back on May 3.

Toeing the slab for the Rangers is expected to be Colby Lewis. With a 2-0 personal mark, 3.20 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, the righty is having a solid start to the campaign. He scattered three earned runs on five hits in seven innings of work in a 4-3 loss in his last start against the Jays back on May 4.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Texas Rangers in this one found them listed on the odds board as moneyline underdogs of 115 at BetOnline for Saturday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 9.5 at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 5.6-3.9 win for 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

20-16 Texas battles the Blue Jays, currently with a 19-18 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Texas vs Toronto injuries news.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Texas Rangers at No. 14 and the Toronto Blue Jays at No. 7 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Texas Rangers No. 6-rated offense, averaging 4.61 runs per game, against a Toronto Blue Jays defense that ranks No. 5 at 3.49 in runs allowed per game. The Texas Rangers have averaged 8.75 hits per game so far, more than Toronto Blue Jays batters have averaged on the year (7.78 hits per game).

Defensively, Toronto features the No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 2.83 runs per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 at home, scoring 5.21 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Blue Jays didn't allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Texas 5-0 on Friday at Globe Life Park.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
  • Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Toronto's last 16 games on the road
  • Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas's last 6 games
  • Texas is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at Texas, Sunday, May 15th