Free MLB Playoff Prediction: Rangers vs Blue Jays
Major League Baseball betting sees the Texas Rangers taking on the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday October 9 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.
MLB Playoffs: American League Division Series
Texas Rangers (1-0) vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Friday October 9
Time: 12:30 PM
Venue: Rogers Centre – Toronto, Ontario
MLB Betting Lines: Toronto Blue Jays -175, Texas Rangers +161
MLB Betting Total: 5.5
Probable Pitchers: Rangers LH Cole Hamels (7-1, 3.66) vs. Blue Jays RH Marcus Stroman (4-0, 1.67)
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Things could not have gone worse for Toronto in game one, losing and losing players to injury.
In game two they look to their emotional leader, pint sized hurler Marcus Stroman.
He takes on one of the best playoff pitchers of the last decade in Cole Hamels.
The Rangers got away with game one of the series and now they are in the driver’s seat in the ALDS against the Jays.
I don’t want to say they were lucky but the gameplan was probably not to lose Adrian Beltre and rely on Robinson Chirinos.
Now relying on Rougned Odor, that is advisable, he hit one of the fastest home runs I have ever seen to close the deal on Thursday.
Speaking of closing the deal if you wanted one pitcher in the game on your side in the playoffs, other than MadBum it would be Cole Hamels.
The lefty has lost only once since joining the Rangers and you know he is not going to be intimidated by the Jays or his surroundings.
Hamels is going to have to be sharp but could get a break if the Jays are missing a couple of their big bats.
Lefties have not fared very well against the Jays this season, even some good ones.
Things could not have gone much worse in game one for the Jays, losing the game, Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista…all while seeing their ace hit hard.
Without those big bats the best offense in the game is probably still better than average but those guys are also kind of the soul of the lineup too.
If they are ever lacking in energy though they can always turn to starter Marcus Stroman for inspiration. He wasn’t even supposed to pitch this season.
Instead he worked his way back from a torn ACL, was lights out in September and now is pitching in the playoffs. Maybe the most likeable guy in the Majors too. He and the crowd will be fired up.
MLB Betting Trends:
- Under is 13-3-2 in TEX last 18 Fri. games.
- Over is 14-5-2 in TEX last 21 overall.
- TEX are 10-1 in Hamels’ last 11 starts.
- TOR are 42-17 in their last 59 home games.
- TOR are 43-18 in their last 61 overall.
- TOR are 45-20 in their last 65 games on astroturf.
4* Free MLB Betting Prediction: Toronto ML
If anyone was going to turn around things for the Jays it would be Stroman. The big guys are questionable though.
MLB Baseball Free Score Prediction: Toronto 4 – Texas 2
I hope I am not being too much of a homer here but the odds are saying the Jays should win too.
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