Texas Rangers (59-59) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (50-72)
August 13th at 7:07 ET (Rogers Centre)
ML: Texas Rangers (-135) Toronto Blue Jays (+125)
RL: Texas Rangers (-1.5) Toronto Blue Jays (+125) O/U: 9.5
What a showing by the Blue Jays last night. The offense took care of business in a big way. They erupted for 19 runs on 21 hits. Big time performances by Bo Bichette (4-6, 3 R, 2 2B), Justin Smoak (3-5, 4 RBI, HR), Randal Grichuk (3-5, HR, 4 RBI), and Brandon Drury (2-5, HR, 5 RBI). Everybody on Toronto's offense performed well, these guys provided the most pop. For a Toronto offense that doesn't include many great hitters, the offense put on a show to remember. Only three players on Toronto's roster are batting above .250 (Guerrero, Bichette, McGuire). In Game 2 of the series, Toronto looks to carry over their offensive outburst as they face a steady Lance Lynn (3.60 ERA). The Blue Jays will send LHP Thomas Pannone (6.83 ERA) to battle against the Ranger offense.
Everything went south for the Ranger pitching staff last night. Youngster Ariel Jurado got the opportunity to show what he had to hopefully be a part of the Rangers long term plans. It did not go as planned. He pitched 3.2 innings, allowing 11 hits and 8 ER. His ERA climbed to 5.31. The bullpen wasn't much help either. They gave up 11 ER, however, two of those belonged to a position player. The Ranger pitching staff will need to perform better moving forward, or else wins we be hard to come by. Lance Lynn is hopefully the solution.
Lance Lynn signed a 3 yr/$30 million deal with the Rangers this past offseason. Its been a so far so good deal. Lynn has sported a very solid 3.60 ERA, with 14 wins and 7 losses. In addition, he has 178 SO while only allowing 38 BB. Lynn has been in the MLB since 2011 when he made his MLB debut with the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent six seasons as a member of the Cardinals, winning a World Series in his first year in the big leagues. Furthermore, he has been part of the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees organizations. He joined Texas as they hoped he would shore up the starting rotation. And to this point, he has done his job.
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