Marcus Stroman (4-0, 1.67 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays go up against Cole Hamels (13-8, 3.65 ERA) and the Texas Rangers in Game 2 of the Divisional Playoffs at the Rogers Centre. The Rangers won the last game 5-3 and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 12:45 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 9 and will air on MLBN.
In his most recent outing, Stroman pitched 8.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out eight and walking two in a 15-2 victory over the Orioles. Jose Bautista (.250, 109 Rs, 41 HRs, 115 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Rangers were victorious over the Angels 9-2 the last time Hamels pitched. He went 9.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out eight and walking two. Rougned Odor (.262, 57 Rs, 17 HRs, 62 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed the Blue Jays a significant favorite and the over/under is 7.5. 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. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the AL with an average of 3.5 walks per game. Toronto's pitching staff will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent struggles. The Blue Jays have given up an average of 5.4 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.1 runs per game. 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.
The Blue Jays have mostly come out on top against the Rangers in their previous seven games this season, earning a 4-3 record. The Blue Jays will take on a left-hander (Hamels) in this game and have a 20-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the right-hander Stroman. They sport a 54-44 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor
When leading after seven innings, Toronto is 43-30, while Texas is 36-37.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 15-17 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 13-55. The Rangers have a 20-57 record when opponents outhit them.
Toronto ranks at the top of the league when it comes to home runs with 233 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 11th with 174.
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 .799. Texas ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .741.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 46-56. When the Blue Jays allow one or more homers, they have a 55-51 record.