Toronto 6-1 on Current Road Trip
The Toronto Blue Jays try to take another step closer to a playoff berth when they begin a three-game weekend series with the host Texas Rangers on Friday night. Toronto is in the middle of a 10-game road trip, taking six of the first seven games and building its lead for the final Wild-Card spot in the American League to 4½ games over the Baltimore Orioles.
Texas has lost 10 of its last 11 contests and is in fourth place in the AL West, sitting a half-game behind the third-place Los Angeles Angels. These teams played a high-scoring series earlier in the season, so make sure you check out our in-depth preview of Friday’s contest to help with your betting online.
Blue Jays Heating Up for Stretch Run
The Toronto Blue Jays are getting hot at the right time, and they just picked up a series win against their closest competitor for the last American League Wild-Card spot, taking three of four from the Baltimore Orioles. Despite the success, Toronto interim manager John Schneider feels his team can play better.
“Our offense, I think, wasn’t really totally clicking, and you win three out of four against a good team,” Schneider said after Wednesday’s win. “So it starts and ends with starting pitching.”
Right-hander Ross Stripling will make the start for Friday’s series opener. Stripling is 7-4 with a 3.03 ERA, striking out 94 over 107 innings. He earned a win in his last start on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, going six innings and allowing three runs on two hits while striking out eight and walking three.
First baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had an RBI in the series finale against the Orioles, but he was also just 1-for-15 over the final three games of the series. Guerrero is batting .275 with 29 doubles, 27 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 76 runs scored.
Rangers Struggling To Finish Up Season
The Texas Rangers have had a rough couple of weeks, dropping 10 of 11, though four of those losses were by one run. Against the Houston Astros in their latest series, Texas lost two of three, with each loss being by a single run, including a 10-inning setback in the series finale on Wednesday.
Right-hander Dane Dunning will make his 27th start of the season. He’s 3-8 with a 4.37 ERA, striking out 119 in 138 innings. He had a rough outing in his last start, going just four innings and allowing five runs on eight hits to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
First baseman Nathaniel Lowe was 2-for-3 with a home run in Wednesday’s loss. Lowe is batting .306 to rank seventh in baseball, adding 22 doubles, three triples, 24 home runs, 68 RBIs, and 64 runs scored.
Second baseman Marcus Semien also drove in a run in the series finale. Semien is batting .242 with 24 doubles, four triples, 21 home runs, 68 RBIs, and 82 runs scored.
Blue Jays vs Rangers Head-To-Head
The Toronto Blue Jays took two out of three from the Texas Rangers when the teams played in Canada in April. Toronto has won or tied the season series against the Rangers in each of the last eight seasons these two have played (they didn’t play each other in 2020).
Texas has won the series at home against the Blue Jays in each of the last two times the Blue Jays have visited Globe Life Field. Looking at the MLB lines for Friday’s contest, Toronto is favored to open with a victory.
Blue Jays vs Rangers Game Information
- Game: Blue Jays (76-60) vs Rangers (59-77)
- Location: Globe Life Field
- Day/Time: Friday, Sept. 9th, 8:05 p.m. ET
- Blue Jays vs Rangers Live Stream: MLB.tv
Blue Jays vs Rangers Betting Lines
|Toronto Blue Jays
R. Stripling -R
D. Dunning -R
Blue Jays vs Rangers Prediction
The Toronto Blue Jays aren’t playing their absolute best, but they are making the winning plays when needed. By contrast, the Texas Rangers have been doing just enough to lose over the last two weeks, and that should continue on Friday.
When making your MLB picks, take Toronto to get the road win.
“The odds and predictions in the article are based on time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.”