Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers: Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Sep 08, 2022

With eight wins in their last 10 games, the Blue Jays are rolling as they head to Texas to open a weekend series against the struggling Rangers.

Toronto
92-70
AT
September 09, 2022, 8:05 PM ET
Globe Life Field
Texas
68-94
Runline -1.5 +108
Moneyline -168
Over / Under o +8

95%

Betting Action

5%

Runline +1.5 -130
Moneyline +140
Over / Under u +8

95%

Betting Action

5%

The Toronto Blue Jays will spend the weekend in the greater Dallas area as they open a three-game series at the disappointing Texas Rangers on Friday. Toronto opened as a -150 favourite to win on the MLB odds for the opener.

Betting Analysis

The Rangers spent north of $500 million (US) this offseason on free agents such as Marcus Semien (former Blue Jays second baseman), Corey Seager, Kole Calhoun and pitcher Jon Gray, but the team will finish with a losing record and miss the playoffs a fifth straight year. Seager is having a pretty nice season, but Semien has taken quite a step back from his third-place finish in the 2021 AL MVP voting. Texas already has fired Manger Chris Woodward and president of baseball operations Jon Daniels.

Texas opened this season in Toronto and lost two of three. Jays catcher Danny Jansen had a nice series, going 4-for-7 with two solo homers and a double. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 5-for-11 with a homer and four RBIs. George Springer and Bo Bichette each hit .308 with a homer and four runs scored. Seager was 6-for-13 for Texas with two RBIs. Brad Miller had two homers and five knocked in. Semien had two hits in 13 at-bats.

Toronto is 1-4 in its past five in Texas.

Toronto Blue Jays

DH/outfielder Teoscar Hernandez (.263, 10 HRs, 64 RBIs) was placed on the paternity list Wednesday and he can miss three games, so not clear if he will play Friday. Catcher Gabriel Moreno was called up to take his place. With Wednesday’s big win in Baltimore, the Jays are 57-2 when leading after six innings this year. Alejandro Kirk was 3-for-5 with an RBI Wednesday and has at least one RBI in a career-high four straight games. His 10 games with at least three hits this season are tied for the team lead.

Right-hander Ross Stripling (7-3, 3.03 ERA) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Jays on Friday. He is working on a string of four straight quality starts, which is at least six innings and no more than three earned runs allowed. Stripling’s eight strikeouts last time out at Pittsburgh were a season high. He pitched twice in relief in the first series against Texas, allowing two earned runs in two innings. Calhoun has faced him the most of any Rangers batter, going 2-for-11 with a homer and double. Toronto has won six straight on the road vs. teams with a losing record.

Texas Rangers

The Rangers appear to have mailed it in as they have dropped 10 of 11. On the bright side, they are one win shy of matching their 2021 win total of 60. The team is just 11-30 in one-run games, the fewest such wins in the majors. One of the team’s top prospects, infielder Josh Jung, will be recalled ahead of Friday’s game and make his debut. He was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2019 draft and is ranked as the No. 39 overall prospect in MLB.

Right-hander Dane Dunning (3-8, 4.37 ERA) is scheduled for Texas, and he much prefers pitching in Arlington (3-2, 3.24 ERA) than on the road (0-6, 5.62 ERA). He did pitch in Toronto on April 9 and took a no-decision, allowing three runs over five innings. Bichette is 3-for-5 career off him with two solo homers. Springer is 3-for-10 with a triple. Dunning was a 34th-round pick in the 2013 draft by the Blue Jays out of a Florida high school but opted to attend the University of Florida. The Rangers are 1-5 in their past six series openers.

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