Martin Perez (1-2, 3.51 ERA) and R.A. Dickey (1-4, 5.17 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (20-15) and the Toronto Blue Jays (18-18) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 13 and can be seen on FSSW and RSN.
Perez pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking five in an 8-3 win over the Tigers. Nomar Mazara (.314, 16 Rs, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs) had another good game Wednesday, going 2 for 2 with one run and one RBI. Dickey went 7.0 innings, surrendering four runs (two unearned), striking out three and walking one in a 6-2 defeat to the Dodgers in his last outing. Josh Donaldson (.285, 33 Rs, 9 HRs, 21 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Blue Jays, going 4 for 6 Wednesday with two runs and one stolen base.
This game is basically a "money line pick 'em", with the Blue Jays and Rangers both listed at -105 with a total of 10.
Pick - TEX
In their last game, the Blue Jays lost by a margin of one run. The Rangers are 5-3 in one-run games. The Blue Jays have a 3-8 record in close games.
Toronto has won 36% (5-9) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 60% (9-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Rangers have a record of 5-5 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 12-3. The Rangers have a 13-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th in runs, Toronto has earned 145 this season. Texas ranks seventh with 166 runs.
Ranking 19th, Toronto is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.707). Texas ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .740.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 10-11, well-matched with the Rangers who are 12-13 when allowing at least one homer.