The Blue Jays and Rangers will end their three-match series at the Rogers Center today. Hopefully this piece will help you make a more conscious decision if you decide to place one or two bets in the final of this series.
Editor’s note: All betting lines are courtesy of Bet365 and present as of publication time.
Money line: Blue Jess-240 | Rangers +200
Run line: Blue Jess-1.5 (-120) | Rangers +1.5 (+100)
Total: 9.5 – Over (-120) | 9.5 – Less (+100)
Toronto: The Blue Jays have done what they have been doing lately, beating the Rangers in Toronto. The Jesuits have improved to 8-1 in their last nine meetings with Texas at Rogers Center for a 4-3 win yesterday. The Blue Jays took out their brooms last season and had money in the bank. Toronto had a rock solid 9-4 goals in games with a chance to sweep a series in 2021. Oh, it gets better! The Blue Jays are 10-2 in their last 12 in the third game of the series.
Texas: Rangers blew a 7-run lead in the opener and went down to 0-2 with a score of 3-2 yesterday. If you’re thinking of supporting the Underdogs from Texas, maybe think twice? The Rangers have a brutal 35-73 as an underdog in their last 108 games. Need a more recent sample size? Texas has their last 20 overall 6-14 and 0-6 and in their last six meetings against the Blue Jays. Okay, maybe a positive note? The Rangers are 5-2 in their last seven Sunday matches, at least some!
My picks: If you believe in speed, I can’t see why you would support Rangers today. The Blue Jays have generated 18 hits and 14 runs in the first two games of this three-game series. Lately when they have a chance to sweep a series they were also killer instant. If Hyun Jin Ryu gives Jays a decent start, I think the crime will create and continue to create misery at the Rogers Center in Texas. I’ll take the Blue Jays to sweep and put my money on them to cover a 1.5-run run at -120.
Total: The Blue Jays and Rangers scored a total of 18 runs in Friday’s series opener but managed just seven runs to stay within the 9.5-run mark in yesterday’s game. Over, though, lately when these two teams have clashed. The last 22 meetings at the Rogers Center have been over 13-7-2 and the last 11 meetings have been 6-3-2. In the last 29 games of Toronto against the American League West, this over has been dazzling at 20-9.
Pitching Matchup: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (14-10, 4.37 ERA) gets a call for the Blue Jays when RHP Spencer Howard (0-5, 7.43 ERA) starts for Texas. Ryu has a 1-1 record in his career against Rangers in two appearances with a 1.29 ERA and 11 strikeouts. Howard, meanwhile, has allowed one run in five hits in his career, including two walks and five strikeouts in the Blue Jays vs. 3.2 innings.
Player Props: The total base of the player
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1.5 – over 100 | 1.5 – over -140)
Keep an eye out for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. who is constantly on the rack. Vlady has four singles at 8 for 4 to start the 2022 season. Guerrero Jr. has made two career plate appearances against Spencer Howard and has dropped .500 / .500 / .500 against Rangers Wright.
Marcus Semien (1.5 – Over + 110 | 1.5 – Under-150)
Marcus Semien walks with Texas in his first two games with 8 for 1. Semien 0-3 in the presence of three plates of the career against Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Sort: Marcus Semien was great as the Toronto Blue Jays last season, but we don’t love him in this place. Semian started slowly in 2022 and he has had zero success against Hyun-Jin Ryu in his career. Thanks for the memory, Marcus, but we’re taking you down to a total of 1.5 bases here at -150.