Blue Jays vs. Rangers Pick
Will the Toronto Blue Jays struggle in their first road game of the 2018 season when they face the Texas Rangers at 8:05PM ET?
Friday, April 6, 2018
Location: Globe Life Park – Arlington, Texas
Weather: Cloudy, 58 degrees, 10mph Winds
Time: 8:05PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Blue Jays are favored on the road today, as they are getting odds of -120 to win today. The Rangers are listed with a money line of +110 to prevail. The over/under total is currently listed at 10.5 runs.
The pitching matchup tonight has Marco Estrada on the mound for the Blue Jays to face Matt Moore of the Rangers. Estrada took a no-decision in his first start against the Yankees as he pitched seven innings, allowing four hits and three runs. Moore struggled in his first start, taking a loss against Houston. He allowed four runs on seven hits over four innings of work.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public is backing the Blue Jays today. Toronto is getting 63 percent of the wagers for this game as the favorite on the road against the Rangers.
Toronto has a few players on the injury report for today’s game. Aledmys Diaz is probable to play despite dealing with a back injury. Troy Tulowitzki is already out until May with a heel injury. Texas catcher Robinson Chirinos is questionable to play tonight due to a wrist injury that kept him out of their last game.
Texas is off to a 3-5 start to the season after splitting four games at Oakland. The Rangers are averaging 3 runs per game right now while allowing 4.38 per game. Joey Gallo and Shin-Soo Choo each have a pair of home runs to lead the Rangers. Gallo has driven in four runs thus far.
Toronto is off to a 4-3 start to the season but set to play in its first road game. The Jays are averaging 5.14 runs per game thus far while allowing 4 per game. Justin Smoak is hitting .385 to lead the team and also has five doubles, two home runs and nine RBI. Josh Donaldson also has a pair of home runs while driving in four.
Estrada certainly seems to be the better pitching option tonight and the Blue Jays have the better lineup thus far in 2018. However, going on the road for the first time could lead to some issues. The Jays are still giving up a fair amount of runs right now and Texas has the potential to light up the scoreboard if they get going. I am going to take my chances on the home underdog in this one.
MLB PREDICTIONS: TEXAS RANGERS +110