Whether they intend to or not, every single team in baseball forges some sort of identity over the course of a season. Some teams rely heavily on pitching and playing in tight games, while others use a stacked line-up to hammer in as many runs as possible, oftentimes because they are trying to cover up for glaring defensive issues. The Toronto Blue Jays are a team that has become known as a high-scoring outfit, although that may be set to change after this season, as keeping all of their big guns is likely going to be nigh on impossible. The Texas Rangers have been quietly building one of the best pitching staffs in the league over the past couple of seasons, as they look to build a championship team from the mound up. Neither team is really setting the world on fire right now, but both know there is a long way to go. They will hook up in Texas on Saturday in the second game of what should be a fun 3-game series. You can keep up to date with all the MLB betting odds at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The Blue Jays vs Rangers MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, May 14 at 8:05 PM EST
Where: Globe Life Park, Arlington
Starting Pitchers: Blue Jays: Marco Estrada (1-2) vs Rangers: Colby Lewis (2-0)
TV: SNET, FSSW
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays (18-18) got the season off to a pretty sloppy start, but they are beginning to show some signs of life now. Their start to the season is actually pretty similar to what went on last season, and the hope will certainly be that they put things together as well as they did last year. The Blue Jays are not the offensive juggernaut that they were last season, and it’s a bit of a surprise to see them wallowing in the middle of the pack in runs scored. The good news is that they pitching is vastly better than last year, and their staff actually lead the league with 26 quality starts. If they can maintain the goo play on the mound, and can get the bats hot again, this could be a very dangerous team. Marco Estrada (1-2, 2.39 ERA) will start for the Jays.
Why bet on the Texas Rangers
The Rangers (20-15) have made a decent start to the season, and currently find themselves sitting just off the pace being set by the surprising Seattle Mariners in the AL West. The biggest surprise for the Rangers this season has been the somewhat run of the mill performance by their pitching staff. They are up there in quality starts, but it is the bullpen that is currently causing some problems. The good news is that the Rangers are scoring runs, and have managed to build up a +14 run differential. The Rangers have been in good form of late, and are coming into this one having won 5 of their last 6. Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.20 ERA) will get the start for Texas.
My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is the second series between these two teams this season, and it was the Blue Jays who took 3 of 4 the first time out. Things should be a little tougher on the road, but I still like Toronto to win this one.
Toronto Blue Jays 5 Texas Rangers 4