Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces for MLB news and notes. MLB Picks are winning at a remarkable rate and will continue through the 2016 World Series. The (18-18) Toronto Blue Jays of the American League East Division will be in the “LONE STAR STATE”. For the first of a three-game series. Toronto plays the (20-15) Texas Rangers of the AL West in 2016 Major League Baseball action. The teams will play at Global Life Park in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, Texas. Game time is at 8:05 PM EST. On Friday, May 13, 2016. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Toronto Blue Jays are the strongest team in their division; they must play up to their ability. The Texas Rangers are classic overachievers, and their most prolific batter is still on the injury list. The Opening Betting line has Texas as a -115 Home Favorite Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 10-runs for Fridays game.
The Toronto Blue Jays are third in the historically tough AL East, four games out of the lead.
Toronto is 9-8 away from the province of “ONTARIO” so far this season. Thursday, May 12 is a travel day for the Blue Jays, who are coming off of an interleague series in San Francisco. Toronto will return “NORTH OF THE BORDER” for three games on Monday, May 16th, hosting Tampa Bay.
Third Baseman Josh Donaldson is tops on the team with nine home runs, a .391 on-base percentage and has thirty-nine hits. Designated Hitter Edwin Encarnacion has a batting order best twenty-seven RBI’S. Starting Pitcher J.A. Happ has a rotation best five victories and a 2.05 earned run average. Reliever Roberto Osuna has eight saves under his belt.
The Toronto Blue Jays will have Right Hander R.A. Dickey, 1-4 with a (5.18) era on the hill. The 6’3″ 215 pound University of Tennessee alumni went seven, giving up six hits and four runs his last start, a 6-2 home loss to the Angels on May, 7th.
The Toronto Blue Jays are listed at +600 to win the 2016 American League Pennant.
The 2016 Texas Rangers have won five of their last six baseball contests.
Texas is second in the division, game, and a half behind first-place Seattle. The Rangers are 12-6 in front of the home crowd this season and 5-5 vs. The AL East. Texas will hit the road for seven days beginning on Monday, May 13th in Oakland.
Third Baseman Adrian Beltre leads the batting order with twenty-five RBI’S. Right Fielder Nomar Mazara has a team-best .314 batting average with a .372 on-base percentage. Starting Pitcher Cole Hamels has a staff best four victories, a 2.95 ERA, and forty-five strikeouts. Notable Injuries:
Slugger Josh Hamilton is out indefinitely with a sore knee. The Betting Odds under The Total are 3-1 the last fourteen the teams have met.
The Texas Rangers will have “LEFTY” Martin Perez. Who is 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA on the pitchers mound for game one? The Guanare native threw six innings, giving up two hits and two runs in an 8-3 no-decision victory at Detroit on May, 8th.
Bovada.Lv lists the Texas Rangers at +2,000 to win the 2016 World Series Title.
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