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Texas vs. Toronto,
08/14/2019 12:37 EDT,
Score: 7 - 3
Total: -110/+10½ Under
8* Under Rangers/Blue Jays (12:37 ET): A couple of American League also-rans wrap up a three-game series on Wednesday and the home team will be going for a sweep. After putting a season-high 19 runs on the board Monday, Toronto shut Texas out 3-0 last night. I see this game being closer to last night, in terms of final score, as the Rangers simply aren't hitting right now. They've scored a grand total of 14 runs in eight games on this road trip, getting held to two runs or fewer six times. Collectively, they've hit below .165 on the trip. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays happen to have the lowest home batting average in all of baseball (.225). Take the Under.
For awhile, Texas was one of the bigger surprise teams this year. They were 50-42 after opening the 2nd half w/ a pair of wins over Houston. Since that time, they've gone just 9-18. They've lost six of the last seven games and are now resigned to playing out the string. That's evident by them starting Kolby Allard today. Allard made his first start of 2019 last Friday and this will be just the third big league start of his career. While Allard and the Rangers lost in Milwaukee last Friday, 5-2, he allowed only two runs on three hits and had finished w/ seven strikeouts. Toronto has a much weaker lineup than Milwaukee does.
Toronto has basically been a disappointment all year, but it's not like they were expected to contend in the AL East. While they are 21 games below .500 right now, run differential says they've played to the level of a 57-win team, which isn't that far off from the Rangers. In fact, only Cincinnati and Arizona have underachieved more in terms of actual vs expected wins. Sean Reid-Foley gets the nod Wednesday and he has a 1.29 ERA his L3 times out. He just held the Yankees to one run in five innings on Friday as the Blue Jays pulled off an upset as +130 underdogs. 8* Under Rangers/Blue Jays