This game could be low scoring as J.A. Happ (3-0, 2.76 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (14-15) go up against Derek Holland (3-1, 2.48 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (15-13) in the last of a four-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won the last game 4-3, and Toronto leads the series 2-1. The game gets underway at 7:07 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 5 and will air on FSSW and RSN1.
In his last start, Happ pitched 6.2 innings, giving up three runs, striking out seven and walking three in a 4-3 loss to the Rays. Michael Saunders (.299, 15 Rs, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Rangers were victorious over the Angels 7-2 the last time Holland pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out one. Rougned Odor (.283, 18 Rs, 4 HRs, 16 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds are Blue Jays -170 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
The Blue Jays are 2-1 against the Rangers this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
The Rangers lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Blue Jays are 3-7. The Rangers are 4-3 in close games this season.
After a weak showing last week where they got in seven hits, the Blue Jays need to step it up. The Rangers have a record of 10-3 when opponents get seven hits or less.
It looks like the Blue Jays have a slight leg up on the Rangers, as the Blue Jays have won their last two games while the Rangers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 9-2. The Rangers have a 10-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th, Toronto is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 113 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 13th with 118.
Ranking 23rd, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 74 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five with 107.
The Blue Jays are 11-9 when they hit at least one home run. The Rangers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 10-9 record.