Yovani Gallardo (10-9, 3.25 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (64-60) square off against Marco Estrada (11-7, 3.27 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (70-55) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the last of a three-game series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Blue Jays won the last game 12-4 and Toronto leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 2:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 27 and can be seen on RSN and FSSW.
Gallardo pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out four and walking one in a 5-3 win over the Tigers. Rougned Odor (.280, 38 Rs, 11 HRs, 43 RBIs, 5 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Estrada went 5.2 innings, surrendering three runs and striking out four in a 15-3 win over the Angels in his last outing. Jose Bautista (.242, 82 Rs, 30 HRs, 87 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Toronto takes on Texas as a -140 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The Rangers have an overall money line of +2,036 and a record as the underdog of 51-48. Texas's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 3.0 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.7.
In the other locker room, Toronto is coming in with an overall money line of +563 and an impressive record of 51-27 as the favorite. Offensively, they average 5.4 runs per game, which is tops in the AL. The Blue Jays are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the AL with 8.9 hits per game. Toronto is excellent at drawing walks with 3.3 per game, ranking second in the AL.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 3-1. The Rangers have a 41-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Estrada takes the mound. Gallardo (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 52-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor, O/U - Over
Texas won its last game in a shutout, its sixth of the season. Toronto has been shut out four times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Rangers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Blue Jays have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 12-44. The Rangers have a 15-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas ranks in the top 10 of the league at ninth when it comes to home runs, hitting 131 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 170.
Texas and Toronto both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Texas sits at fifth with 8.71 hits per game and Toronto ranks fourth with 8.90.
Toronto tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .781 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .730.
The Blue Jays are 40-40 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rangers are 33-46 when they allow at least one homer.