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Yu Darvish vs JA Happ matchup featured in MLB action

Texas RangersToronto Blue Jays
Aug 17, 7:07 PM | TurfRogers Centre

Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays Odds

68-49TEAM RECORD55-63

The Blue Jays get a visit from the Texas Rangers in baseball action on Friday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Toronto hands the ball to starter JA Happ in this one and he'll try to improve on his 8-10 mark on the year. Texas counters with Yu Darvish, who will try to quiet the fans and the Blue Jays bats at the same time.

View Texas vs Toronto Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Blue Jays as +150 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 9 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Blue Jays sit at No. 10 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rangers sit at an American League No. 2 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Toronto's No. 5-rated American League offense, averaging 4.7 runs per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 7 in the American League at 4.4 in runs allowed per game. The Blue Jays have averaged 8.5 hits per game so far, less than Rangers batters have averaged on the year (9.6 hits per game).

Defensively, Texas features the American League's No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.1 runs per game. Toronto, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 in the American League at home, scoring 5 runs per game.

In their last action, Texas was a 10-6 winner on the road against the Yankees. Bettors on Texas at -109 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (16) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Rangers grabbed a win last time out, defeating Ivan Nova and the Yankees 10-6 on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

Toronto was a 7-2 loser in its last match at home against the White Sox. They lost as +135 underdogs, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors. Toronto looks to rebound from a loss to the White Sox, who beat them 7-2 on Thursday behind a start from Francisco Liriano at Rogers Centre.

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

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Texas are 4-6
After playing Chi White Sox are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few Rangers at Blue Jays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games when playing Toronto
Texas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
Texas is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing Texas
Toronto is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Texas
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Texas
Toronto is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Texas at Toronto, Saturday, August 18