MLB Betting Preview Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers ALDS Game 4
The Toronto Blue Jays earned themselves a lifeline in the ALDS Game 3 clash against the Texas Rangers, winning 5-1 on Sunday Night to force a Game 4 showdown this Monday. The Rangers, 2-1 in the series, only need to win this Monday clash in order to advance to the next stage. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are looking to even the series, 2-2, and hopefully complete the turnaround in Toronto during Game 5. Which of these two teams will stand tallest in our MLB betting lines and odds? Read on, as we give a short preview of this all-important clash.
Taking a Look at the MLB Betting Preview Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers ALDS Game 4
Starting Pitchers: R.A. Dickey (11-11, 3.91) vs. Derek Holland (4-3, 4.91)
Venue: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
When: Monday, October 12, 2015
Time: 4:07 PM ET
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) October 12, 2015
Staring at the dark hole of elimination and a possible sweep by the Rangers, the Blue Jays gave a memorable performance, riding hot on a spirited performance from starting pitcher Marco Estrada and a light-out display from hitman Troy Tulowitzki to claim a deserved 5-1 win in Texas on Sunday night.
That win will however not matter much if the Blue Jays cannot stop the Rangers from finishing up the series once and for all this Monday. Knuckleballer and former Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey will be the starter charged with the responsibility of leading the Blue Jays in this game. Even more notably, Toronto’s star pitchers David Price and Marcus Stroman may be available out of the bullpen, meaning the Jays will have a strong pitching unit to help their cause.
Having seen good glimpses of Toronto’s offense coming alive on Sunday after a slow start to the postseason, the Blue Jays fraternity can be hopeful that another good performance could be in the books from Tulowitzki and Co.
However, beating the Rangers won’t be that easy, as the home team will not want to repeat the mistakes that cost them Sunday’s clash. To lead the auspicious opportunity of helping the Rangers to march on to the next round, the home-favored Texas team will give the ball to veteran Derek Holland.
In his illustrious career in the Major Leagues, Holland has made 13 postseason appearances, four of which were starts, and none of them ended a loss. Given his pedigree as a solid pitcher in the postseason games, it wouldn’t be far from the truth to say that he’ll be real force to reckon with in tonight’s game.
Needless to say, the Rangers offense looked distraught and out-of-place in Sunday’s game, something that will need to change greatly if they are to win this clash. After outscoring the Blue Jays 11-7 in the first two wins of the series in Toronto, managing just one run in yesterday’s loss was certainly underwhelming. Fortunately, the Rangers entered the postseason games ranked No. 5 at home in offense, scoring 4.94 runs per game, so a bounce-back should be possible against Toronto’s No. 22-rated defense on the road that is allowing 4.62 runs per game.
Key MLB Betting Trends
• Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
• Texas is 6-3 SU in its last 9 game
• Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
• Texas is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games at home
• Toronto is 9-2 SU in its last 11 road game against Texas
• Texas is 6-13 SU in its last 19 overall games against Toronto
• The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto’s last 9 games
• The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas’ last 6 games at home
• The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 games on the road
• The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Texas’ last 11 home games against Toronto
• The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Toronto’s last 19 overall games against Texas
Toronto at Texas ALDS Game 4 Prediction
With the momentum shifted on Toronto’s side, and the availability of Price and Stroman are possible relievers, the Blue Jays look like the best pick over Holland and his unit. Plus, the Blue Jays have owned the Rangers on the road, as is exhibited by the betting trends given above, so Toronto’s solid bullpen and revitalized offense should be able to finish this game strongly for a road win by the visitors. An explosive offensive affair looks likely, hence we expect an OVER total in the run betting lines. Simply put, take Toronto for the win and an OVER in the total lines.