The Texas Rangers start a three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays tonight in Texas. Esmil Rogers will start for the Blue Jays, while Yu Darvish gets the call for the Rangers. Get MLB odds at Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The Blue Jays escaped with a 7-5 victory two days ago in 10 innings. Raji Davis scored the go ahead run on a wild pitch, securing the victory for Toronto. Tonight they will throw Rogers who has only started two games for the Blue Jays this season. He has pitched out of the bullpen for a majority of the season. In 35 innings pitched this he enters without a win or loss and a 3.60 ERA. In his last start in Chicago, Rogers surrendered three hits giving up one run while striking out eight. Toronto has won his last two starts, however he has not had a decision so far this year. With the win, Toronto starts a new streak, and improved their road record to 12-19.
Yu Darvish has been spectacular this season. In 13 starts this season, he has a 7-2 record and 2.75 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP. He has 118 strikeouts while only giving up 27 walks. He has not received a decision in his last three starts, however has won five of his last six. Darvish threw seven innings only giving up three hits and no earned runs in his last home start against the Royals, but received no run support. The Rangers are 19-9 at home this season, 8-5 in their last 30 games.
I’ll take the Rangers and give up the run. This is a safe play; Darvish has been dynamic especially against teams below .500 and I expect the Rangers offense to wake up against a rookie but first read a sports book review.