Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers 4/8/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Jaime Garcia vs. Cole Hamels
The Toronto Blue Jays head to Globe Life Park on Sunday, April 8, 2018 to take on the Texas Rangers. The expected starting pitchers are Jaime Garcia for the Blue Jays and Cole Hamels for the Rangers.
The odds for this matchup have Toronto at -102 and Texas at -108. The Blue Jays have a 3-5-0 over/under mark and a 5-3-0 run line record. The Rangers are 3-6-0 against the run line and have a 3-5-1 over/under record.
Valuable Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 3-5-0 against the over/under
The Toronto Blue Jays are 5-3-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 3-5-1 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 3-6-0 against the run line
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
03/29/18 CF Anthony Alford Hamstring 10-day DL (03/26)
03/29/18 CF Dalton Pompey Wrist 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 SS Troy Tulowitzki Foot 60-day DL (03/29)
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
04/02/18 P Ricardo Rodriguez Elbow 60-day DL (04/02)
04/01/18 CF Delino DeShields Hand 10-day DL (03/31)
03/30/18 P Joe Palumbo Elbow 60-day DL (02/23)
03/26/18 P Clayton Blackburn Elbow 60-day DL (03/19)
03/26/18 P Ronald Herrera Shoulder 60-day DL (03/21)
03/26/18 P Tim Lincecum Blister 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Tony Barnette Back 10-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Blue Jays have a 5-3 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jaime Garcia has a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 1.50 and a WHIP of 1.00 this year. He has 7 strikeouts over his 6 innings pitched and he's given up 4 hits. He allows 6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.32. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.42 and they have given up 24 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .240 against the bullpen and they've struck out 27 hitters and walked 7 batters. As a team, Toronto allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively have given up 65 base hits and 32 earned runs. They have allowed 14 home runs this season, ranking them 1st in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 24 batters and struck out 74. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 4.71.
As a team Toronto is hitting .240, good for 16th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .454 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 7.9 hits per game. Kevin Pillar is hitting .267 with an on-base percentage of .290. He has 8 hits this season in 30 at bats with 2 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .433 and an OPS+ of 99. Justin Smoak is hitting .379 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .457. He has totaled 11 hits and he has driven in 10 men in 29 at bats. His OPS+ is 233 while his slugging percentage is at .759. The Blue Jays have 63 hits, including 18 doubles and 12 home runs. Toronto has walked 29 times so far this season and they have struck out 74 times as a unit. They have left 48 men on base and have a team OPS of .772. They score 5.5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 44 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 3-6 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.38, Cole Hamels has a 1-1 record and a 1.50 WHIP this season. He has 18 strikeouts over the 10.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 9 hits. He allows 7.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.24. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.21 and they have given up 33 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 38 batters and walked 17 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.44. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 85 base knocks and 39 earned runs this season. They have given up 8 home runs this year, which ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 36 hitters and struck out 81 batters. They give up a walk 4.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.53 while their FIP as a staff is 3.81.
As a team, they are batting .235, good for 18th in the league. The Rangers hold a .362 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .289, which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 7.7 hits per contest. Nomar Mazara comes into this matchup batting .323 with an OBP of .400. He has 10 hits this year along with 2 RBI in 31 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .452 with an OPS+ of 142. Elvis Andrus is hitting .371 this season and he has an OBP of .421. He has collected 13 hits in 35 at bats while driving in 3 runs. He has an OPS+ of 171 and a slugging percentage of .543. The Rangers as a unit have 69 base hits, including 13 doubles and 8 homers. Texas has walked 21 times this year and they have struck out on 69 occasions. They have had 50 men left on base and have an OPS of .651. They have scored 3.22 runs per game and totaled 29 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Jays -102
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