In the first of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (39-35) and the Texas Rangers (39-35) at the Rogers Centre, Mark Buehrle (7-4, 3.90 ERA) and Nick Martinez (5-3, 2.77 ERA) get the ball. The Rangers go into this series on a five-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 7:07 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 26 and will air on FSN-SW and RSN.
Buehrle is 13-5 with a 3.29 ERA, 77 strikeouts and 28 walks against the Rangers in his career. Chris Colabello (.343, 30 Rs, 6 HRs, 27 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 5 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Blue Jays, Martinez is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA, three strikeouts and three walks. Prince Fielder (.344, 36 Rs, 11 HRs, 47 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Toronto, a -158 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 have the most prolific offense in the entire AL, averaging 5.5 runs per game. The Blue Jays rank fifth in the AL in hits with 9.0 per game. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking second in the AL with an average of 3.3 walks per game. Transitioning 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.
Switching gears, the Rangers come into this game with a win percentage of .516 when playing as the underdog (32-30) and an overall money line of +1,478. 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.
This game will feature Martinez (RHP) on the mound against the Blue Jays, who have a 28-31 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the left-hander Buehrle. They sport a 13-14 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
Toronto won its last game in a shutout, its fifth of the season. Texas has been shut out four 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 managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with a 21-12 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 34-5. The Rangers have a 27-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 405 this season. Texas ranks eighth with 318 runs.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 221 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 243.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 34-18, well-matched with the Rangers who are 27-16 when hitting one or more homers.