In the last of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (21-16) and the Toronto Blue Jays (19-19) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Cesar Ramos (0-2, 5.11 ERA) and Aaron Sanchez (3-1, 2.58 ERA) get the start. The Rangers won the last game 6-5, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 15 and will air on FSSW and RSN.
In his most recent outing, Ramos pitched 2.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out two and walking three in an 8-4 loss to the White Sox. Nomar Mazara (.307, 16 Rs, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5. The Blue Jays were victorious over the Giants 3-1 the last time Sanchez pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out five and walking five. Michael Saunders (.325, 17 Rs, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 5 yesterday.
The odds are Blue Jays -180 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 9.
The Blue Jays have gotten the better of the Rangers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 4-2.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
The Blue Jays lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Rangers are 6-3. The Blue Jays are 3-9 in close games this season.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 2-5 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 4-13. The Rangers have a 7-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 15th in home runs, Texas has hit 37 this season. Toronto ranks ninth with 45 home runs.
Ranking 24th, Toronto is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.84 per game. Texas ranks in the top 10 with 8.76.
Ranking 18th, Toronto is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.715). Texas ranks in the top half with an OPS of .729.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 10-12, well-matched with the Rangers who are 13-14 when allowing at least one homer.