Given the way that money is spent in the MLB, teams generally need to go on a bit of a rebuilding project every few years. That tends to mean that most teams have a small window of opportunity in which they can win championships. The Toronto Blue Jays had that window open during the past few seasons, but everyone seemed to be aware that it would close at the end of last season, as they made it quite clear that they would not be able to re-sign all their big guns. It seems the pundits were correct, as Toronto have made a pretty poor start to this season. On the flipside, the Texas Rangers appear to be right in the midst of their window opening, as they have arguably one of the most talented teams in the league from top to bottom. They made a slow start to the season, but are suddenly finding a groove that has them right back in the hunt. The Blue Jays and Rangers will hook up in Toronto for a weekend series, the first game of which is set for Friday night. Find the latest MLB betting run lines here.
In Depth Analysis On The Rangers At Blue Jays MLB Expert Predictions
When: Friday, May 26 at 7:07 PM EST
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto
Starting Pitchers: A.J. Griffin Vs Mike Bolsinger
TV: FSSW, SNET-1
Radio: 105.3 The Fan, KFLC 1270, SN590
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Texas Rangers
To say that the Texas Rangers (24-23) got off to a slow start is putting things mildly, as they found themselves on the bottom of the AL West and 7 games under .500 just a couple of weeks ago. Since then, the Rangers have been lighting it up, and even had a 10-game winning streak going at one point during this impressive run. They have cooled off in their current series with Boson, though, and may well be heading into Toronto after being swept if they cannot find a way to beat the Red Sox on Thursday. The pitching, which had served the Rangers so well on their positive run, has been bad over the last two games, giving up 20 runs to Boston. A.J. Griffin (4-1, 5.02 ERA) will try to right that ship when he takes the mound on Friday.
Why bet on the Toronto Blue Jays
It is still a little unusual to see the Toronto Blue Jays (21-26) sitting at the bottom of a division that they have been kings of over the past couple of seasons. The loss of Edward Encarnacion in the offseason was a big blow, and it is obvious in how much he is missed by looking at the run output of the Jays, which is 20th in the league right now. This is a team that has lost the offensive power that made them so good over the past few seasons, and it certainly doesn’t help that they are not getting much out of their pitching staff. If there is something positive to see here, it’s that the Blue Jays have enjoyed playing teams from the West, as they are 6-2 against that group. Mike Bolsinger (0-2, 6.32 ERA) will start for the Jays.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is not a pitching match-up that falls in the favor of the home team. I like Texas to get back to winning ways in this series, and that begins with a victory on Friday.