In the first of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (64-59) and the Toronto Blue Jays (69-55) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Derek Holland (1-1, 3.68 ERA) and Mark Buehrle (13-6, 3.45 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and will air on RSN and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Holland pitched 6.1 innings, giving up two runs and striking out six in a 7-2 victory over the Mariners. Mitch Moreland (.287, 41 Rs, 18 HRs, 66 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Sunday with two RBIs. The Blue Jays were unsuccessful the last time Buehrle pitched. He struggled, going 4.0 innings, allowing four runs and striking out two in a 7-4 loss to the Phillies. Josh Donaldson (.302, 95 Rs, 34 HRs, 100 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 5 Sunday with two runs.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. 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.
They sport the top-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 5.4 runs per game. 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 (Buehrle) in this game and have a 23-22 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Holland will take the mound against the Blue Jays, who have a 17-12 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor
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.
The Blue Jays are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 12 runs. The Rangers have a 0-6 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
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 five at fifth with 548.
Ranking 13th, 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.