David Price (12-4, 2.40 ERA) takes the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays (69-55) as they go up against Colby Lewis (14-5, 4.29 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (64-59) in the second of a three-game series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Blue Jays won the last game 6-5 and Toronto leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 26 and will air on RSN and FSSW.
In his last start, Lewis pitched 7.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out two and walking one in a 2-0 victory over the Tigers. Mitch Moreland (.287, 41 Rs, 18 HRs, 66 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs. The Blue Jays were victorious over the Angels 9-2 the last time Price pitched. He went 8.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out nine and walking one. Josh Donaldson (.302, 95 Rs, 34 HRs, 100 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs.
Texas, a +165 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Toronto. The matchup currently has an eight-run Over/Under (O/U). The Rangers are 51-47 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +2,136. Over their past 10 games, Texas's pitchers have been playing lights out, only allowing 2.7 runs per game, below their season average of 4.6.
On the other side, the Blue Jays have a nice record of 50-27 when they are favored and are +463 overall with the money line. The Blue Jays are the number one overall scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.4 runs per game so far. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Blue Jays, who average 8.9 hits per game. The Blue Jays average 3.3 walks per game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL.
The Blue Jays are 2-1 against the Rangers this season. The Rangers will take on a left-hander (Price) in this game and have a 23-22 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Blue Jays will be the right-hander Lewis. They sport a 52-43 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor, O/U - Over
The Blue Jays won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Rangers are 22-19. The Blue Jays are 12-24 in close games this season.
Texas has won 43% (23-30) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Toronto has won 59% (32-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Blue Jays are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rangers have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 47-8. The Blue Jays have a 56-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Toronto tops the league in runs with 670 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 548.
Ranking 14th, Texas is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 353 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 412.
The Rangers are 49-24 when they hit at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 63-29 record.