The Blue Jays (80-64, 38-31 home) host the Rangers (79-64, 34-34 away) in game two of this American League series. Getting the start for the Blue Jays is Hyun Jin Ryu while the Rangers are turning to Max Scherzer. Read on to get my best bet for this Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers matchup.
TEXAS RANGERS VS TORONTO BLUE JAYS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Texas Rangers -112
This game will be played at Rogers Centre at 7:07 ET on Tuesday, September 12th.
WHY BET THE TEXAS RANGERS:
- In their last five games, the Rangers have a record of 3-2.
- Texas has the leg up over the Blue Jays so far this year at 3-1.
- Hyun Jin Ryu has given up four away runs across his last three starts.
TEXAS RANGERS ON A RUNLINE WIN STREAK
Through 143 games, the Rangers have a record of 79-64. This mark includes going 26-18-2 across their 46 series. Currently, Texas is 2nd in the AL West and have a 45-30 record at home while going 34-34 on the road. So far, the Rangers have gone 34-39 against teams with above .500 records.
Max Scherzer is having a solid season, with a 12-6 record in his 27th appearance. His ERA stands at 3.91 and opponents have managed to hit just .220 against him. On the road, he’s 7-4 with an ERA of 5.05, while at home he’s 5-2 with an ERA of 4.55. Teams have a slugging percentage of .405 against Scherzer for the season thus far.
Max Scherzer is aiming to rebound from a disappointing performance against the Astros. In the Rangers’ 12-3 defeat, the veteran right-hander yielded seven runs in just three innings of action.
For the season, the Rangers’ offense is averaging 5.5 runs per game. Over their last five games they have swung the bats well, sitting 7th in the league in scoring, with a total of 28 runs. Overall, Texas’ team batting average is .267, putting them 2nd in the MLB.
Over the Rangers’ past five contests, Marcus Semien has paced the team with two home runs. The slugger has gone yard 24 times this season and boasts a .281 average at the plate.
WILL THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
For the season, the Blue Jays are 80-64 overall, including going 42-33 on the road and 38-31 at home. When looking at their overall series record, Toronto is above .500 at 27-17-2. In the AL East, the Blue Jays are currently 3rd.
Hyun Jin Ryu will take the mound for the Blue Jays tonight, boasting a 3-2 record in seven appearances this season. The southpaw has been impressive thus far, boasting a 2.65 ERA and 7.41 K/9 rate. His FIP of 4.23 and OBP of .252 are also noteworthy stats to consider when evaluating his performance in 2023.
Hyun Jin Ryu was dealt the loss in the Blue Jays’ 5-2 defeat to the Athletics after giving up two runs on five hits in his most recent start.
This season, the Blue Jays are 16th in the league at 4.6 runs per game. Over their last five games, they have a combined batting average of .230 (16th) leading to 4.2 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.4 walks per game compared to 7 strikeouts. Toronto’s on-base percentage of .333 has them 4th in the MLB.
The Blue Jays’ Bo Bichette is the team’s leader in hits this season, boasting a .310 batting average. His slugging percentage stands at .482 and on-base percentage at .341 entering the game.