Marco Estrada (1-2, 2.92 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (12-15) meet Martin Perez (1-2, 4.20 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (15-11) in the second of a four-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Rangers won the last game 2-1, and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 3 and will air on FSSW and RSN1.
In his last start, Estrada pitched 6.2 innings, giving up three runs, striking out five and walking four in a 4-0 loss to the White Sox. Josh Donaldson (.291, 26 Rs, 9 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Rangers were victorious the last time Perez pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking two in a 3-2 victory over the Yankees. Nomar Mazara (.333, 11 Rs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Toronto -170 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 9 at the moment.
So far this season, the Rangers are 1-0 against the Blue Jays.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
The Rangers won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Blue Jays are 2-7. The Rangers are 4-2 in close games this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Blue Jays are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Rangers have a 5-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 2-11. The Rangers have a 4-9 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 20th in home runs, Texas has hit 22 this season. Toronto ranks eighth with 31 home runs.
Ranking 27th, Toronto is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.48 per game. Texas ranks in the top half at 12th with 8.50.
Ranking 17th, Toronto is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.705). Texas ranks in the top half with an OPS of .718.
The Rangers are 10-9 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 9-9 when they allow at least one homer.