Marcus Stroman (4-0, 2.12 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays meet Cole Hamels (13-8, 3.61 ERA) and the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the Divisional Playoffs at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won the last game 8-4, and the series is currently tied 2-2. The game gets underway at 4:07 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 14 and will air on FS1.
In Game 2 of the Divisional Playoffs, Stroman pitched 7.0 innings, giving up four runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking two in a 6-4 loss to the Rangers. Josh Donaldson (.297, 126 Rs, 43 HRs, 126 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 Monday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Rangers were victorious the last time Hamels pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing four runs (two unearned) and striking out six in a 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays. Shin-soo Choo (.274, 97 Rs, 22 HRs, 83 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 3 for 4 Monday with two runs.
Toronto, a -174 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. For updated lines, check out BTB's MLB Baseball Odds.
The Blue Jays have a winning record of 72-37 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +979. They are 5-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Blue Jays come into the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.5 runs per game. The Blue Jays are a superb hitting team with 9.1 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the AL. The Blue Jays typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an AL-high 3.5 walks per game. Toronto's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 5.4 during that span, compared to its 4.1 season average. The Blue Jays don't give up many hits at home to opposing batters at the Rogers Centre, leading the AL with only 7.7 hits allowed per home game.
On the other side, the Rangers have a record of 59-55 when they are the underdog and are +2,979 overall with the money line.
The Blue Jays have mostly come out on top against the Rangers in their previous 10 games this season, earning a 6-4 record. This game will feature Hamels (LHP) on the mound against the Blue Jays, who have a 22-16 record, including playoffs, when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the right-hander Stroman. They sport a 54-45 record, including playoffs, against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, Toronto is 44-30, while Texas is 36-38.
The Rangers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with a 35-14 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 13-56. The Rangers have a 20-59 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas ranks in the top half of the league at 11th when it comes to home runs, hitting 174 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 238.
Toronto and Texas both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Toronto sits at fourth with 9.12 hits per game and Texas ranks fifth with 8.75.
Toronto ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .798. Texas ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .736.
The Rangers are 47-58 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 55-51 when they allow at least one homer.