Even though the Blue Jays are one of the worst teams in the American League this season, they have some exciting young talent that makes them fun to watch. The Rangers are in a similar boat as the Blue Jays, but they are a little better. Still, this should be a fun game to watch.
Money Line- Texas Rangers -130, Toronto Blue Jays +120
Run Line- Texas Rangers -1.5 (+105), Toronto Blue Jays +1.5 (-125)
Over/Under-10 (O -115, U -105)
First Pitch- 6:07 p.m. CST. Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada
The Texas Rangers are bolstered by some young talent at the plate and some older talent on the mound. Their two best pitchers, Mike Minor and Lance Lynn, are in their thirties. Lynn gets the start on Tuesday making his 25th start on the year. He has a team second best 3.60 ERA and is the Rangers only starting pitcher giving up less than one homerun a game. He is trying to record his fourth straight quality start on Tuesday, but they may be hard since his last start against the Jays did not go great. He did pick up the win in May, but he allowed five earned runs over six innings. That was also before the Blue Jays brought up Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette. Bichette has been lighting the baseball world on fire in his first 15 games and is hitting .367 right now. Biggio has already smacked 10 homeruns on the year. Needless to say, this is a much better Blue Jays team than the last time Lynn faced off against the team from the north.
Toronto Blue Jays
While the Blue Jays have some good young talent hitting the ball, as a team, they still are not the best. They rank second to last in the AL in BA and OBP and 11th in the Al in SLG and OPS. What is weird is that when the Jays are at home, they hit worse than when they are on the road. A lot worse too. They slash .220/.288/.421 at home compared to .250/.315/.422 when on the road. That’s really bad.
Best case scenario for the Jays is if they do not have to score a lot of runs. Trying to make that happen on Tuesday is Thomas Pannone. Pannone is making only his 7th start on the year but he has been in the pen for most of the year as this is his 29th appearance. He has not been the best when he is starting because in his last five starts, he has allowed four or more runs in four of them. His last start was probably his worse as he only lasted two and a third innings and let up seven earned runs against the Yankees. The Rangers hitters are not as good as the Yankees, but they still should be able to get after Pannone.
Analysis and Prediction
I do not trust Thomas Pannone on the mound for the Jays. He is fine in the pen, but as a starter, I would not bet on him. Take the Rangers on the money line at -130.