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Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Where and when: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Wednesday, 12:37 pm EST
The finale of a three-game set versus the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays will take place on Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, beginning at 12:37 pm EST. The Blue Jays scored nineteen runs in the opener on Monday night as Randall Grichuk along with Justin Smoak hit their 19th and 21st homer of the year while bringing in four RBI’s in the lop-sided victory. Furthermore, Brandon Drury also hit the first grand slam of his career in the contest.
Brock Stewart (2-0) picked up the win for Toronto after allowing three earned in just over five innings in the contest while Ariel Jurado (6-8) was awful in giving up eight runs along with two home runs in just 3 ⅓ innings of pitching for the Rangers. The win was the Blue Jays’ third in four outings as they continue to ride off the momentum of tying the first-place team in the AL East in the New York Yankees in a four-game set in their prior series. Also, the Blue Jays halted a two-game skid versus the Rangers after being trampled on in a three-game set at Globe Life Park in May.
The Texas Rangers have dropped five of six games, total, after their opening loss to Toronto. Their offense has only posted an average of just over two runs per game during this time while they are only two games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for third place within the AL West division. The team mustered only eight hits compared to twenty-one for the Blue Jays in game-one Nomar Mazara, Rougned Odor, along with Willie Calhoun and Jose Trevino each drove in runs. However, their pitching on this night was forgettable as Jurado was terrible, as stated, while Adrian Sampson gave up five earned in only ⅓ innings in the defeat.
The Rangers; pitching staff is ranked 23rd in the MLB in ERA with 4.98 in 2019. The team has had a disastrous nine-game road trip in going just 2-5, thus far.
Reid-Foley on a roll for Blue Jays
Sean Reid-Foley (2-2) will take the hill for the Blue Jays in the finale on Wednesday afternoon as he will look to win his third game in four starts. And while Foley continues to work his way back into top form after suffering a back injury earlier in the year, the right-hander has been on a tear in six starts since returning to the rotation. In fact, he has allowed just four earned runs since returning to the pitching staff in 24 ⅔ innings. Reid-Foley is coming off a ninety-six pitch effort at home versus the New York Yankees as he allowed a run in five pitched innings in an 8-2 victory.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 13, 2019
The second-year pitcher has not faced the Texas Rangers’ lineup during his time in the bigs. However, the right-hander is not known to make many mistakes on the hill with an ERA of 2.36 on the year. The Blue Jays may have some success with Reid-Foley on the hill as the Rangers, who are ranked in the top ten in runs scored per game, have been dismal at the plate in averaging just under two runs per game during their current nine-game road trip.
Allard seeks first win of the year
Kolby Allard (0-0) pitched impressively at home in 4 ⅓ innings versus the Milwaukee Brewers in his last time out in allowing two earned runs on three hits while recording seven strikeouts in a 1-0 loss to where he received the no-decision. The start was Allard first of the year along with his first as a Texas Ranger since being traded by the Atlanta Braves at the trade deadline. Interesting enough, Allard has dealt with back problems as well which resulted in him having only four appearances for the Braves in 2018.
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— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 12, 2019
In fact, Allard continues to rehab from fusion surgery in 2015 to repair a herniated disk. Atlanta certainly saw much promise in the left-hander, yet, felt the need to make the trade at this year’s deadline to acquire another relief pitcher, Chris Martin.
- 4-1 last 5 home games.
- 4-1 last 5 vs. a left-handed starter.
- 1-6 last 7 road games.
- 1-4 last 5 after a loss.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will back the Blue Jays in game two as they will certainly feed off the momentum of their game one win for this contest. With that being the case, look for the home team to perform a tad better at the plate while fighting hard for yet another victory on Wednesday.
Prediction: Pick: Toronto Blue Jays
Full-Game Total Pick
I will back the over in this contest versus two teams squaring off against pitchers that have not fully healed from prior back injuries. Toronto has certainly re-located its swing after plating nineteen runs in the opener of this set. Also, the Rangers, despite their current struggles, remains a dangerous team as well.
Prediction: Pick: Over