Matt Boyd (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (40-35) go up against Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 2.98 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (37-37) in the second of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Rangers lost the last game 12-2, extending a six-game losing streak. The game starts at 1:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 27 and will air on FSN-SW and RSN.
This is the first start of the season for Boyd. Josh Donaldson (.299, 57 Rs, 17 HRs, 47 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Blue Jays, Gallardo is 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA, seven strikeouts and two walks. Prince Fielder (.346, 37 Rs, 12 HRs, 48 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Toronto, a -119 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is nine runs. The Blue Jays perform well as a favorite with a 23-14 record and have an overall money line of +197. 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 an exceptional hitting team with 9.0 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the AL. The Blue Jays typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.3 walks per game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Blue Jays don't give up many hits to opposing batters at the Rogers Centre, ranking fifth in the AL with only 7.9 hits allowed per home game.
Moving on to the away team, the Rangers come into this game with a win percentage of .508 when playing as the underdog (32-31) and an overall money line of +1,378. 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 2.9 runs per game, compared to 5.5 for the duration of the season.
So far this season, the Blue Jays are 1-0 against the Rangers. The Blue Jays will take on a right-hander (Gallardo) in this game and have a 28-31 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Blue Jays won by a margin of 10 runs. The Rangers are 2-2 in games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more. The Blue Jays have a 1-0 record in blowouts.
When the Blue Jays play into extra innings, they have a 3-2 record. The Rangers are 3-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Rangers managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with a 9-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 5-26. The Rangers have an 8-30 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking ninth in home runs, Texas has hit 74 this season. Toronto ranks third with 97 home runs.
Ranking ninth, Texas is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.44 per game. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.04.
Toronto ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .786. Texas ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .710.
The Rangers are 19-29 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 25-25 when they allow at least one homer.