Toronto Blue Jays’ Teoscar Hernandez, left, celebrates his two-run home run with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, July 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
- The Toronto Blue Jays are heavy favorites over the Texas Rangers on Saturday at Sahlen Field in Buffalo
- The Blue Jays’ Hyun Jin Ryu (8-5, 3.56) faces fellow left-hander Kolby Allard (2-6, 3.69)
- A look at the odds and pitching matchups can be found below with a predcition
After rolling to a win in their first game after the All-Star break, the Toronto Blue Jays will try to make it two in a row against the Texas Rangers at 3:07 pm ET Saturday at Sahlen Field in Buffalo.
The Blue Jays routed the Rangers 10-2 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series following four days off for the break. Toronto (46-42) has posted back-to-back victories on the heels of a stretch of four losses in five games and is a big favorite Saturday.
Texas (35-56), last in the American League West, is on a three-game losing streak and has dropped six of its last eight.
Rangers vs Blue Jays Odds
|Texas Rangers||+200||+1.5 (+105)||Over 9.5 (-105)|
|Toronto Blue Jays||-250||-1.5 (-125)||Under 9.5 (-115)|
Odds as of July 16th at DraftKings.
The Blue Jays opened at -275 on the moneyline so that number has fallen somewhat as did the total, which started at 10.
Allard has lost his last four starts while compiling a 5.01 ERA, the second longest losing streak of his four-year career after a six-gamer last season. However, he has pitched six innings in three of those four outings.
Last Sunday against the Athletics at Oakland, Allard allowed four runs and five hits in six innings with three strikeouts and no walks.
Allard has had two quality starts in eight turns since moving from the bullpen to the rotation May 27. He is 1-6 with a 3.95 ERA in his eight starts.
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Kolby Allard strikes out the side in the 4th!@Rangers | @KolbyAllard | #StraightUpTX pic.twitter.com/ARNxIR7xUe
— Bally Sports Southwest (@BallySportsSW) June 5, 2021
Allard is also 1-4 with a 3.60 ERA in 10 road games, including five starts, and 1-3 with a 4.62 ERA in six games (four starts) in the day.
His lone start against the Blue Jays came in 2019 and resulted in a win as he yielded three runs in 5.2 inning at home. He has never pitched at Sahlen Field as a big leaguer.
Ryu pitched relatively well leading up to the All-Star break, compiling a 3-1 record and a 3.97 ERA in four starts.
He beat the Orioles on July 7 in Baltimore in his last start when he gave up one run on five hits in five innings while striking out seven and walking two.
Ryu has struggled in Buffalo this season, going 1-2 with a 6.85 ERA in four starts. He is 3-2 with a 3.77 in eight daytime starts.. Overall, he has eight quality starts in 17 outings.
Perhaps he misses the village of Dunedin, Florida though,
Dunedin is a hitter’s paradise…except when Hyun Jin Ryu is on the mound pic.twitter.com/5WQKpWqv0E
— Nick Pollack (@PitcherList) May 19, 2021
Ryu made his first career start against the Rangers on April 7 in Arlington and took a tough-luck loss, surrendering just two runs in seven innings.
OPS vs Starting Pitchers
|Rangers Batters||OPS vs Ryu|
|Blue Jays Batters||OPS vs Allard|
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr,||.000|
Rangers designated hitter David Dahl is 2 for 11 with five strikeouts versus Ryu but the hits have been a double and home run. Second baseman Nick Solak also has a homer off the lefty in three plate appearances.
Dahl was known to get hot while with the Colorado Rockies.
Count that, FIVE, straight games with a dinger for David Dahl. #Rockies pic.twitter.com/OEhBCkodhb
— Today in MLB (@Todayin_MLB) September 29, 2018
Blue Jays center fielder George Springer has struggled against Allard in a small sample size, going 0 for 5 with a walk in six plate appearances. Right fielder Randal Grichuk is 1 for 2 with a triple and a walk.
Shortstop Bo Bichette has reached base in 19 straight games, though he 0 for 3 against Allard.
Rangers vs Blue Jays Pick
The season series is tied 2-2 and the teams also split six games in 2019. They did not play meet last year during the pandemic-shortened season.
These are two franchises headed in opposite direction as evidenced Friday night when Guerrero followed hIs MVP performance in the All-Star Game with two home runs. Fellow All-Star Teoscar Hernadez and Marcus Semien also homered along with Randal Grichuk.
Texas TOAST 💥 #PLAKATA pic.twitter.com/ph852koaML
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 17, 2021
Though the number is high, it’s hard to buck the Blue Jays.
The Pick: Blue Jays (-230)
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