Derek Holland (4-3, 4.91 ERA) and the Texas Rangers take on R.A. Dickey (11-11, 3.91 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 of the Divisional Playoffs at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Action begins at 4:07 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 12 and can be seen on FS1.
Holland pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking three in a 5-3 win over the Angels. Dickey went 5.0 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out three in an 8-1 defeat to the Orioles in his last outing. Josh Donaldson (.297, 124 Rs, 42 HRs, 124 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Texas and Toronto are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. The Rangers have no trouble scoring as they rank fourth in the AL in home offense with 5.0 runs per game.
Offensively, they average 5.5 runs per game, which the best in the AL. The Blue Jays are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the AL with 9.1 hits per game. Toronto is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.5 per game. The Blue Jays allow 4.1 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 5.4 runs per game during that span.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 5-4. The Rangers have a 54-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Dickey takes the mound. Holland (LHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 20-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
When leading after seven innings, Toronto is 44-30, while Texas is 36-38.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Rangers have a 4-5 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 66-10. The Blue Jays have a 77-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Toronto tops the league in runs with 903 this season. Texas ranks in the top five at third with 763.
Toronto tops the league in walks with 578 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 510.
The Rangers are 66-32 when they hit at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with an 84-40 record.