Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-2, 2.27 ERA) takes the mound for the Texas Rangers (38-37) as they go up against Drew Hutchison (7-1, 5.33 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (40-36) in the last of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Rangers won the last game 4-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 1:07 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 28 and will air on FSN-SW and RSN.
In his last start, Hutchison pitched 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out six and walking two in an 8-5 victory over the Rays. Josh Donaldson (.299, 57 Rs, 17 HRs, 47 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Rangers were unsuccessful to the Athletics 8-6 the last time Gonzalez pitched. He went 5.2 innings, giving up six runs, striking out one and walking one. Prince Fielder (.349, 37 Rs, 12 HRs, 48 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Toronto is a considerable -185 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. The Blue Jays perform well as a favorite with a 24-14 record and have an overall money line of +297. The Blue Jays come into the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.6 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, ranking second in the AL with an average of 3.3 walks per game. As for the pitching staff, the Blue Jays don't give up many hits to opposing batters at the Rogers Centre, ranking fourth in the AL with only 7.9 hits allowed per home game.
Across the field, the Rangers have a record of 32-32 when they are the underdog and are +1,278 overall with the money line. The Rangers will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Texas's run production has dropped to 2.7 runs per game, compared to 5.6 for the duration of the season.
The Blue Jays will take on a right-hander (Gonzalez) in this game and have a 29-31 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the right-hander Hutchison. They sport a 24-22 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
Texas won its last game in a shutout, its third of the season. Toronto has been shut out two times this season.
The Blue Jays are 3-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rangers are 3-3 in such matchups.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 15-13 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 35-5. The Rangers have a 28-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 417 this season. Texas ranks ninth with 324 runs.
Ranking 14th, Texas is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 223 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 251.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 35-18, well-matched with the Rangers who are 28-17 when hitting one or more homers.