The sports betting odds for Monday’s afternoon affair between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers suggest that Toronto should win. However, given how the Jays pitching staff and bullpen tend to produce uneven results, you might want to think twice before laying the juice. With the total set at 9½ and both teams featuring potent lineups, is over the best bet for this contest? Let’s take a closer look.
Date: Monday, April 4th, 2021 – 4:05 PM ET
Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
MLB Odds: Jays -153
Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays have had a mostly positive start to the season. They were underdogs in every game against the New York Yankees this weekend but won their season-opener and contended in all three. Their pitching held up well though their bats haven’t been electric just yet, they have done enough.
On Monday, they’ll get to face Mike Foltynewicz and the Texas Rangers bullpen, which has been nothing short of a disaster already. While you can read more on them below, we’ll focus on Matz in this section.
Matz struggled with the Mets last season, going 0-5 with a 9.68 ERA. However, roughly speaking, he’s typically been a pitcher with an ERA in the 4.00 range who provides decent starts at the back end of the rotation. Maybe the change of scenery out of New York does him some good. He posted a 1.76 ERA in Grapefruit League action, which is reliable, so we’ll see if he can carry that performance over into the regular season.
The Rangers are the underdog sportsbook and that has to do with the fact that they haven’t looked great this season. They started the year with back-to-back losses to the Kansas City Royals, giving up double-digit runs each time. They coughed up 14 runs in their first game and 11 in the second, which is about as ugly as it gets. Clearly, their bullpen is not reliable these days and that could be a problem if the Jays bats get hot. Rangers relievers have been put in tough spots, but they gave up 18 earned through their first two games. Considering this team doesn’t have a great starting rotation, that could spell more trouble on Monday.
Texas will put Mike Foltynewicz on the bump and he struggled in spring training. He gave up 15 hits, four walks, and nine earned runs through eight innings in spring training. Remember, he’s coming off a year where he made one start for the Braves and then was outrighted. He was a Cy Young Award contender and All-Star in 2018 but he’s fallen hard since then. His velocity has dropped a lot and so has his effectiveness. Considering what he’s done in spring training so far, there’s little reason to have confidence in him here.