A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.52 ERA) takes the mound for the Texas Rangers (14-11) as they meet R.A. Dickey (1-3, 6.75 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (12-14) in the first of a four-game series at the Rogers Centre. The game starts at 7:07 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 2 and will air on FSSW and RSN1.
In his last start, Dickey pitched 6.0 innings, giving up six runs, striking out three and walking one in a 10-1 loss to the White Sox. Josh Donaldson (.293, 26 Rs, 9 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Rangers were victorious over the Yankees 10-1 the last time Griffin pitched. He went 8.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out five and walking one. Elvis Andrus (.325, 8 Rs, 13 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds are Toronto -140 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 9.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
Toronto has won 25% (3-9) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 54% (7-6) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with a 3-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Blue Jays are 8-2. The Rangers have a 10-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th in runs, Toronto has earned 105 this season. Texas ranks ninth with 112 runs.
Ranking 23rd, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 66 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 94.
The Blue Jays are 9-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 9-8 when they hit at least one homer.