Blue Jays vs. Rangers Prediction
The Texas Rangers finally got their bats going again on Saturday. Will they continue to produce runs when they host the Toronto Blue Jays today at 3:05PM ET?
925 Toronto Blue Jays vs. 926 Texas Rangers
Sunday, May 5, 2019
3:05PM ET – Globe Life Park
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Rangers are the slight favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -130 to win. The Blue Jays are listed with a money line of +110 to win, while the over/under total for the contest is set at 10.5 runs. The public betting for the contest currently has 51 percent going on the Rangers at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Blue Jays fall in Game 2
Toronto took the series opener on Friday, 1-0, but followed that up with an 8-5 loss on Saturday. The Jays are now 15-18 on the season, 8-10 on the road and 20-13 with the under. The Blue Jays send Clay Buchholz to the mound today. He is 0-1 on the season with a 4.79 ERA.
The Blue Jays couldn’t really get started as Thomas Pannone got rocked right away on the mound. He gave up seven runs over 2.1 innings on five hits and three walks. He took the loss and is now 1-3 on the season. Eric Sogard tried to help lead a rally for the Blue Jays, as he tripled and drove in two runs for Toronto.
Rangers find some hitting
Texas was shutout on Friday and had scored just nine runs over their last three before putting up eight on Saturday. The Rangers are now 15-16 on the season, 11-7 at home and 18-12 with the over. Texas has Drew Smyly on the mound today. He is 0-2 on the season with a 7.80 ERA.
The Rangers got hot at the plate quickly and ended up scoring all eight runs over the first three innings on Saturday. Isiah Kiner-Falefa led the production, as he tripled and rove in four runs on the day while Logan Forsythe drove in two and Nomar Mazara hit his sixth home run of the season. The early run support allowed Lance Lynn to earn his fourth win of the season despite giving up five runs over six innings. Shawn Kelley earned his second save of the season with a perfect ninth.
MLB Betting Trends
The Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last five against losing teams and 8-22 in their last 30 road game against a left-handed starter.
The Rangers are just 3-8 in their last 11 games overall and 1-5 in their last six after scoring five runs or more in their previous game.
Buchholz hasn’t been great, but his numbers are better than Smyly. Smyly has given up four runs in his last three starts and he hasn’t gotten past five innings in any start this year. This will be his first start since April 19, but I don’t expect him to be completely reformed today. I think Buchholz can grind out a few innings and help the bullpen while the Jays get to Smyly early. I think we see a flip of what happened on Saturday, with the Jays coming out on top.
MLB Prediction: Toronto Blue Jays +110