Toronto Blue Jays vs Texas Rangers odds, picks and predictions
The Toronto Blue Jays (76-60) and Texas Rangers (59-77) open a 3-game set Friday at Globe Life Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET (MLB Network). Let’s analyze the lines of Tipico Sportsbook around the Blue Jays vs Rangers odds with MLB picks and predictions.
Series of the season: Blue Jays lead 2-1
The Blue Jays won 4-1 Wednesday at Oriole Park to take 3 of the Baltimore Orioles’ 4 games. Toronto RHP Alek Manoah struck out 22 of the last 23 batters he faced while allowing just 1 ER over 3 H and 1 BB with 5 K over 8 IP. The Blue Jays have won 6 of their last 7 games.
Rangers lost 4-3 Wednesday at Houston after Astros 2B Jose Altuve scored on a wild pitch in the 10th inning. Texas has lost 10 of its last 11 games.
Rangers’ top prospect Josh Jung will make its major league debut on Friday. The 8th overall pick in the 2019 draft will likely be Texas’ first 3B for the rest of the season.
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Blue Jays at Rangers slated starters
HPR Ross Striplin vs HPR Dane Dunning
Stripling (7-4, 3.03 ERA) is making his 20th start. He has a WHIP of 1.04, 1.6 BB/9 and 7.9 K/9 at 107 IP in 27 appearances.
- Last Start: Allowed 3 ER over 2 H and 3 BB with 8 K in 6 IP in a win at the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday
- Won 3 of last 4 decisions
- In 2 relief appearances against Texas this season: 2 ER allowed on 1 H and 3 BB in 2 IP
Dunning (3-8, 4.37 ERA) is making his 27th start. It has a WHIP of 1.43, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.8 K/9 at 138 IP.
- Last start: Allowed 5 ER over 8 H and 3 BB with 2 K over 4 IP in a loss to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday
- Last start vs. Toronto: No decision in April allowing 3 ER over 5 H and 2 BB with 4 K in 5 IP
- Is 3-2 with a 3.24 ERA at 72 1/3 IP in 13 home starts
Blue Jays vs. Rangers Odds
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- Silver Line (ML): Blue Jays -165 (bet $165 to win $100) | Rangers +133 (bet $100 to win $133)
- Race Line (RL)/Against Spread (ATS): Blue Jays -1.5 (+105) | Prowlers +1.5 (-130)
- Over/Under (O/U): 7.5 (O: -125 | U: +100)
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Blue Jays v Rangers picks and predictions
Blue Jays 5, Rangers 2
While Dunning is a better pitcher at home than he is on the road (winless in his last 26 away starts), the Rangers lack the firepower to match the Blue Jays. . Stripling has been consistent for Toronto and hasn’t allowed more than 3 ERs since May 7 at the Cleveland Guardians.
BLUE JAYS BET -165.
Run line/Against the spread
Toronto’s offense has been productive in its last 3 games in Baltimore averaging 6 points per game. Dunning should struggle to contain Toronto, while Stripling likely won’t give up more than 3 ER.
BLUE JAYS BET -1.5 (+105).
Under is 5-0 in Rangers last 5 games. Texas is 28th in points per game (2.33) in its last 3 games. However, Toronto’s offense has been too explosive lately to risk betting on under bets. There are better totals on the board with more value.
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