Quality At-Bats & Strong OBP Signal Rangers vs. Blue Jays Picks

Charles Stark

Sunday, June 28, 2015 12:02 PM GMT

Sunday, Jun. 28, 2015 12:02 PM GMT

After getting zero runs in only three hits yesterday, I am willing to bet that the Toronto Blue Jays bats will break out today against the Texas Rangers. Place your MLB picks with confidence.

Rangers vs. Blue Jays Baseball Betting Odds
The total for this game set by MLB odds makers is at 9 which makes good sense. Both these teams are good offensively and I think we have two overmatched pitchers today. At the time of this writing, the best odds are found at Pinnacle sports book at odds +105. I don't think this line is going very much it should stay right at nine by first pitch.

Charles also recommends betting Angels +105 Over Mariners

Sunday's Starting Pitchers
Chi Chi Gonzalez takes the mound and comes in with a 2.27 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, pretty solid numbers. But he has only had five career starts in his last outing he struggled. In his last 13 innings he is given up eight earned runs off 13 hits and two home runs. I don't think you keep Toronto down in the run column after they already had a pretty bad day at the plate yesterday. For the Blue Jays Drew Hutchinson gets the start with a 5.33 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. The most surprising part about his statistics is with that ERA over five he is still 7-1 on the year. He pitched really well at the beginning of the season after his first start, but he can get lit up from time to time like allowing eight earned runs in only two innings against the Red Sox for example. Also, so far this season batters are hitting .287 against which is high for any major league starter.

 

Batters
Both the Rangers and the Blue Jays have very good offenses and I look for them to have a lot of quality at-bats today. Toronto leads the major leagues in runs scored in the Rangers are ranked 11th. Up and down the stat sheet this is what we find between these two teams, the Blue Jays being in the top of the rankings and the Rangers in the middle tier. In on base plus percentage again Toronto leads the league, but the Rangers are ranked a little bit further down at 17th. Although we can expect the Blue Jays to stay consistent and score some runs today the Rangers have enough to do some damage against an overrated Hutchinson.

After the low-scoring affair yesterday this game should be the complete opposite. Look for a lot of runs early and often and for this game to go well over the total, place your MLB picks 'over' with confidence.

MLB Picks: Over 9

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