MLB Rangers vs. Blue Jays Picks & Predictions for Friday, August 17 Print
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Friday, 17 August 2012 04:00
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TORONTO (ATS Consultants) – This is the first game of a three-game series. Both teams are struggling coming into this game. The Rangers dropped 3 of 4 against the Yankees, while Toronto dropped three straight against the White Sox. Yu Darvish takes the mound for the Rangers, while J.A. Happ goes to the hill for the Blue Jays. The opening pitch starts at 7:07pmET from Rogers Centre in Toronto.

ODDS: The oddsmakers have installed the Rangers as a -165 favorite over the Blue Jays. The total is 9 in most books. The Rangers come in with a 68-49 overall record and are 51-63 Under, while the Blue Jays are 55-63 overall and are 57-54 Over.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Rangers opened as a -170 favorite and moved down to -165
at most books. The total started at 9 and remained there at most books.

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PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers currently placed on tonight’s game, 83% of public bettors favor the Rangers. These numbers are subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the “Public Betting” link available in this paragraph to get the most up-to-date information.

MLB FREE PICK: Take the Blue Jays. According to the latest MLB trends, the Rangers are 4-10 in their last 14 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game, 2-7 in their last 9 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game, 2-6 in Darvish's last 8 road starts and are 2-6 in Darvish's last 8 starts as a road favorite. Toronto is 11-4 last 15 at home in series. Yu Darvish has been dreadful since the All-Star Break but his slide hasn't hurt the Rangers, who enter Friday's action with a six-game lead over runner-up Oakland. Darvish has a 12-8 record with a 4.54 ERA. Darvish is just 4-6 with a 4.59 ERA in 11 road starts. He's just 2-3 with a 7.11 ERA in his last six starts, pitching seven innings just once in that span. He goes against J.A. Happ, the lefty who came over from Houston.

FRIDAY MLB FREE PICK: TORONTO BLUE JAYS +145

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